President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 27, declined his assent to the Peace Corps Establishment bill passed by the National Assembly in 2017.
According to a letter read by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the chamber, Mr. Buhari cited security concerns and financial implications amongst reasons for his decision.
— House of Reps NGR (@HouseNGR) February 27, 2018
Specifically, the president said the organisation is a duplication of existing security agencies.
The bill has been widely anticipated by many Nigerians who believe the creation of the corps will help address the nation’s unemployment crisis.
Bear in mind that the Peace Corps Bill had passed first, second and third reading on the floor of both Chambers of the National Assembly.
The bill was subsequently passed by the National Assembly in 2017 and forwarded to the Presidency for assent.