We Can’t Afford Another Civil War, El-Rufai Tells Corpers

Mary Ugwuanyi

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has asked youths to promote peace as Nigeria cannot afford to fight another civil war after millions of lives were lost to war.

The governor gave the admonition while addressing corps members posted to the State during the closing ceremony of the orientation camp for 2022 Batch B (Stream 2) on Tuesday.  

El-Rufai also encouraged members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who may play a role in the 2023 general elections to shun acts that may jeopardize the integrity and transparency of the polls.

The governor who was represented by state acting Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe said, “The youth must remember that the NYSC came into being after the civil war that tore every fabric of the Nigerian state. The war was a needless savagery that we cannot afford to repeat.

“Nigerian youths must therefore distance themselves from fanning the embers of violence and war in Nigeria. As a country, we must avoid a repeat of that dark part of our history. And Nigerian youths must refuse to be ready tools for war mongers.

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“My dear valuable corps members, I believe you have the capacity to defend what is good for our dear country and what shall build a united Nigeria and you shall not fail to do what is right for your dear country. After all, the major objective of establishing the NYSC is to promote Nigeria’s unity and enhance development.

“The national youth service is a reflection of the hope that we have placed on our young graduates as torch bearers of a greater Nigeria. You must prove to us that this is not a misplaced hope. We expect you to be innovative, industrious and consistently demonstrate acts of tolerance, open-mindedness and perseverance in all that you do.”

Source: Punch

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