NYSC DG, Ibrahim urges corps members to be apolitical
The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged corps members that will be participating in the upcoming governorship election in Edo state to be neutral to protect the integrity and value of the scheme.
The General gave the advice yesterday September 9, 2020, while addressing the corps members in Edo state. According to Ibrahim, corps members are one of the keys to the national election and its integrity has to be maintained.
“I am in Edo State for a specific reason; one, for the election and I believe that as your father, it is very appropriate to come and talk to you. Ibrahim said. "I also want to use this opportunity to see the Oba of Benin, the security agencies in the state for your security and welfare.
“The Area Director, South-South has spoken to you comprehensively and as a father, mine is just an emphasis.
“NYSC has contributed to the electoral processes of this country. When the history of election is written in Nigeria, NYSC will also be mentioned because, the INEC chairman, in every forum, tells Nigerians that without Corps members, they can’t organise such an exercise because Corps members are knowledgeable, they are patriotic.
“So, I want to advise, as Corps members, you are on national assignment, you are serving your country, remember our motto? So, as Corps members participating in this election, you are supposed to be apolitical.
“Do you know what it means to be apolitical and you have to be neutral. You belong to nobody and that is all. I am happy, almost 80 per cent of you are not from this state if not 90 per cent.
“You must be neutral. You must not give yourself to be used by anybody because first, you are representing your name, that of your family and NYSC”.
Ibrahim also told the corps members to be proud of themselves and the name they represent in their service.
“Even in poverty, there is dignity. So, don’t be tempted to rubbish your integrity. Be very proud of the name you are bearing, be very proud of the country you are serving and the good people of Edo State that you are assisting here.
“Do not do anything to tarnish your name. Please, let nobody lure you to compromise your integrity”, he added.
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