Prospective National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members, yesterday, besieged the NYSC Directorate Headquarters in Abuja, seeking redeployment from volatile states in the northern part of the country.
“We prefer to die here instead of being killed by Boko Haram in the North,” were the words by corps members posted to some states like Yobe, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauch and Borno.
The protesting corps members in their hundreds blocked entrance to the Gowon House in Abuja, preventing vehicles from going out or coming in, as all pleas by NYSC staff to report to their camp and commence redeployment process fell on deaf hear.
“I have started by camping here since last Friday. When I complete my three weeks orientation exercise, I will go back home if they don’t do any thing,” one of them told Vanguard, while another corps member said: “Let them give us exemption letters, that is better than serving in Borno State.”
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It was gathered that most of the protesters were mainly from South-South, South-East and South-West, as they lamented that “even routes to the camps are more deadly than camp, we don’t know any short-cut. How many corpers from the North do you see among us, look at us very well, we are mainly Ibos and Yorubas.”