Nigerians on social media Thursday reacted to a statement credited to the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, who said corps members can be mobilized for war if the need arises.
The DG stated this during an interview with Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Wednesday while reacting to recent calls for the scheme to be scrapped.
He said, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.
“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”
TwitterNG has since heated up as funny reactions trailed the DG’s comments.