By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to reconsider his position to withhold his assent to the Peace Corps of Nigeria Bill which was aimed at making the organization a statutory body of the Federal Government.
The President was urged to re-evaluate the importance of the bill to the Nigeria youth, especially for the social; and productive engagement of the teeming youth in line with the position of his government to create jobs and make life more meaningful for the youth.
National Commandant of the corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh who made the call at a press conference in Abuja expressed the belief that the Presidency may have been misled into the decision to withhold assent to the bill.
Akoh insisted that contrary to the claim by the Presidency, the functions of the Peace Corps as captured in the bill did not in any way conflict with the mandate of the Police or any other security agency.
He said that Peace Corps was absolutely civil in its own functions and was aimed at serving as arbiter of peace, youth volunteerism maintaining and sustaining a level information for any impending nefarious activity.
The Peace Corps boss further explained that the corps among others is to re-direct the creative but untapped potential to the socio-economic and political advancement of the nation.
According to him “there was never a time in the history of our dear country that the need for peace has become fiercely urgent like now. It is our ardent belief that the President may have been misled into the decision because of the untenable reasons”.
On the financial implications cited by the President to withhold assent, Akoh said that peace has never been costlier than crisis and that the price for peace is inestimable.
President Buhari had on Tuesday February 27, 2018 declined to give assent to the Peace Corps establishment Bill giving two reasons of financial scarcity and conflict with functions of Police.