The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Shehu Sani has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Peace Corps Bill.
In a letter read at Tuesday’s plenary at the House of Representatives, Buhari said he withheld assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017 due to the financial implications of funding the corps and to prevent duplication of duties.
The letter read in part, “Specifically, reasons for the decision to decline assent to this bill include among others:
“a. Security concerns regarding the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps being authorized to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies; and
“b. Financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources, may pose serious challenges to the government.”
But in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle on Friday morning, Sani, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, said the president should rescind his decision and sign the bill, saying that the group would help protect schools against gunmen and kidnappers.
Sani said, “The President should rescind his decision. He should sign the Peace Corps Bill. The organization should be assigned to protect schools against gunmen and kidnappers.”