The Director General of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC Brigadier General Shuaib ibrahim has advocated adequate protection and security for Corps members on election duties.
He made the call at the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido-Ekiti when he visited a corps member who sustained gunshot injury during the violence that erupted at last Saturday’s bye-election into Ekiti East House of Assembly Constituency one.
Brigadier General Shuaib Ibrahim said though it was not part of the primary duties of Corps members to partake in the conduct of elections, the NYSC had been releasing them to help in conducting polls for the past fourteen years.
The Director General of NYSC noted that involvement of corps members in election is voluntary and those of them who volunteered themselves had only demonstrated act of patriotism to their fatherland, which should not be taken for granted.
Brigadier General Ibrahim told politicians in the country to do their home work effectively by selling themselves to voters before election, rather resulting to violence in order to win at all cost.
While speaking, the Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti where the injured corps member and some other victims of the election violence were receiving treatment, Professor Adekunle Ajayi said the youth corps was in stable condition and would soon be discharged.
The NYSC Boss had earlier on arrival visited the Governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi where he appreciated the Governor for his support for the corps and for visiting the corps member at the hospital.
Responding, Dr. Fayemi gave assurance that he would do everything within his powers to provide adequate security and protection for corps members posted to Ekiti state.
The Governor restated his apology to the NYSC for the incident, saying the state government would take care of the medical bill of the corps member and others receiving treatment as a result of the violence.