Kano State youths protest against Buhari’s rejection of Peace Corps’ Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari PHOTO: BAYO OMOBORIOWO

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Kano Youths for Change Initiative (KYCI), has protested against President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill.

The youths embarked on the protest along Emir Street in Sabon Gari, carrying various postcards.

The posters had various inscriptions as “Sign the national peace corps bill,” “An idle man is a devil’s workshop.”

The youths urged the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to justify its campaign promises on youths’ empowerment.

According to them, signing the bill would facilitate employment opportunities for the jobless youths.

Leader of the group, Zaharadeen Ahmed, said the president’s withdrawal of assent was a crass disregard to the welfare of youths.

He expressed concern that the corps would have addressed the high level of youths’ unemployment, adding that the rate of crimes would likely escalate due to the helpless condition faced by youths.

Zaharadeen also expressed concern over what would happen to the thousands of these youths across the country who had been given months of regimental training.

He stressed that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, adding that there was the tendency for the trained youths to resort to criminal activities.

According to him, Peace Corps is not a security outfit, contrary to the misinformation being dished out by some people who are opposed to its establishment.

He explained that the corps “is a core advocacy and technical support agency intended to provide legitimate supportive skills to the youths, as proactive instrument for their growth and development.

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