Did you hear what the Bauchi Governor said?

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It is now urgent that we #ProtectTheCorpers!

On April 19, the Bauchi State Commissioner Of Police, Mr. John Abakasanga reported that four serving members of the NYSC were killed in Bauchi State. According to the Commissioner, rioters raided a building housing about fifty-one youth corpers, killing four and wounding several others. Subsequent reports show that the death toll has risen to eleven in Bauchi alone. Estimated figures are much higher with at least twenty-five corpers presumed dead in each of the Northern states where violence has erupted.

Perhaps more disturbing than these killings is the lack of a swift, coordinated reaction by the authorities. Other than its resolve to give the murdered corpers a well-deserved state burial and compensate their families, the federal administrators have not come up with concrete plans to forestall further violence against corpers. As state governments continue to evacuate indigenous corps members from hotspots, the inability of the Nigerian state as a whole to protect its citizens becomes more glaring.

Yet, nothing could be worse than the recent imprudent, ill-timed comments of Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda as reported by The Punch and NEXT on Friday, April 29. In an interview with journalists after casting his vote in yesterday’s rescheduled elections in the state, Yuguda said,

“as far as I am concerned, these corps members were destined to experience what they experienced during the course of their service to their fatherland because every new day is a new experience to each and every one of us as human beings.

“You cannot hold Yuguda or Bauchi State (responsible) for what happened to those corps members, because it was the responsibility of INEC to take care of them”, he continued carelessly.

Isa Yuguda‘s mindless statements show that he has neglected what is unarguably his most important responsibility as a governor- to ensure the security and well-being of every individual, indigene or not, within the borders of the state. Violent death is not anyone’s destiny, and the governor’s insinuation that the painful deaths of the unfortunate corpers was somehow ‘written in the stars’ is capable of inflaming the situation and prompting reprisals from embittered parties.

If you were not convinced then, now more than ever before, this unfortunate statement should convince you that there is a need to stand up and do something to protect the youth corps members across the country.

This is why The Future Project (which runs The Future Awards), in partnership with the National Youth Council, AIESEC, SleevesUp Nigeria, Friends of Aik, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and the EnoughisEnough Nigeria Coalition, is working to bring a much-desired change to the scheme and character of the NYSC.

In a nationwide campaign, The Future Project and its partners are, through advocacy and lobbying, “implementing a solution-oriented approach that involves: a) engaging government on a policy level to restructure and reform the NYSC in order to protect corps members in the interim and then to completely overhaul the scheme in the long term so that it is actually useful to the nation; and b) supporting this policy engagement with a wide-ranging public and media campaign to ensure pressure is sustained on the government.”

At the core of this campaign for change is a petition which is made up of seven major demands geared at protecting youth corpers now and in the future. The petition, which requires 100, 000 signatures, will be forwarded to the Presidency in the hopes that the government of the day will do what it was elected to do- protect the precious citizens of this democratic nation.

This is a cause for saving lives now and in the future. Show your support now by seeing the 7 point demand and and signing the petition at http://www.thefuturenigeria.com/protectthecorpers/ . There are also other ways you can support this cause on the site. Go ahead, it’s the very least you can do!

#ProtectTheCorpers #ProtectTheFuture



The 6 o"clock man.


  1. I cnt even begin 2express my shock at d level of ignorance and apathy as seen in Gov Yuguda’s statement. I def will join in #Protect(ing)TheCorpers d lil way I can. I also hope dat wit dis article haven been read ova a hundred tyms-doe they comment not-people are moved to do sumitng within their individual capacity to help #ProtectTheFuture of dis gr8 nation,NIGERIA.


  3. I am currently serving in Lagos, and it pains me every minute when I hear what my fellow corpers keep going through in the north. How can a senior civil servant be so careless with his words and so insensitive? I don’t think he knows what an important position he sits in and how he must uphold the vow he took at his swearing in to serve and protect. We need our government to really know the meanings of all the oaths they take to serve in fairness and equality. I wish one of his sons met the fate of those corpers so I’ll know if he was destined to meet that fate. God help us in this nation, and I will continue to pray for our leaders to lead with wisdom and understanding. RIP to my fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives to conduct the most peaceful elections we’ve ever had in this country, God will surely reward all of you.

  4. Disheartening, really. The level of ignorance, carelessness, and inability to empathize with young people who could be his children is astounding. I suppose he won’t be brought to task by the residents of his states; they probably agree with him. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I hate Islam because I’m sure not every muslim thinks like him, and the religion doesn’t necessarily preach that to everyone.
    But he must be held accountable for his remarks in his future endeavors. Hopefully, this petition is instrumental in bringing about change in the NYSC program. We are one country & hope to remain so, hate will achieve nothing.

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