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Use corps members to fight Boko Haram, others who can’t fight should work without pay – Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has disclosed that Corps members should be recruited to fight insecurity in the country, Newpremises reports.

Governor Fayemi who is also the Chairman, Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), stated this while speaking at an event in Ibadan on Wednesday, October 13, 202.

The Governor also said that corps members not willing to join the military services can serve in their community without pay.

“There are two things that we need to address quickly to bring the current wave of insecurity to a halt.

“We need to have a conversation on how we can recruit a large number of people to join the police and the military, even on a short service or otherwise.

“By available statistics, we need a minimum of 200,000 personnel to boost the fighting power of our men.

“This number is very large and a potential financial and logistic nightmare, yet we cannot delay any further.

“The ungoverned spaces need to be closed up quickly by motivated men with the singular objective to save the nation.

“That takes us to the number two issue of financing and arming large recruitment.

“With this, we can use the existing orientation camps to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

“That way, the fund that is currently deployed to the NYSC can be used with just some additional funding, which could be sourced through a national emergency fund for the next five to 10 years.

“Those who cannot join the military services can serve in their community without pay if we must still retain the NYSC for everyone.

“To incentivise those who may volunteer to serve, they will have a separate certificate and medal of honour in addition to having priority for military, paramilitary and civil or public service recruitment after service,” Fayemi said.

He explained that, the present situation in the country didn’t warrant politics of blame and opportunistic opposition, but “it is time to build a nation and not to fritter it away.”

Feyemi added that, Nigeria at this present time is in need of patriotic statesmen and women and not rumour mongers, ethnic crisis entrepreneurs, provincial men of little minds who see everything from the prism of ethnic and religious conspiracy.

He noted further that, one way to curtail the rise of insecurity to a halt is to recruit a large number of people to join the police and the military, on a short service or otherwise.


The Governor explained that, the existing orientation camps can be used to train willing and able graduates to reflate the security personnel under a special arrangement that will be worked out.

He however, expressed confidence that though, the situation might look helpless, sooner than later, the security situation would see a significant improvement and that Nigeria would come out stronger from this moment of national distress.

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