2015 Election-NYSC on security issues: In the 2011 elections, Nigeria lost various crisp graduates utilized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as adhoc staff to bashes of viciousness. The commission is situated to send these serving youths again for the 2015 elections. STEPHEN GBADAMOSI writes on the past experience as well as possible ways to draft measures to protect the corps members in the forth coming election.
UKEOMA Ikechukwu Chibuzor, a native of Imo State, waded through years of scholastic rigors and turned out with a Bsc in Medical Microbiology. His fantasy was, however given the ax soon after he was utilized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as adhoc staff in the 16 April, 2011 presidential election. That was in Bauchi State. As indicated by reports, the last post Chibuzor entered on his Facebook wall the day after the election, at 6:48 a.m., via mobile web, read; “Na wao! This CPC supporters would hv (have) killed me yesterday, no see threat oooo. Even after forcing underaged voters on me they wanted me to give them the remaining ballot paper to thumb print. Thank God for the police and am happy i could stand for God and my nation. To all corps members who stood despite these threats esp. In the north bravo! Nigeria! Our change has come (sic).”
It was on that very Sunday that he was announced absent, just for his dead body to be discovered days after the fact. The guaranteeing young person was not by any means the only one so mercilessly killed for serving the nation in the required one-year conspire that year, essentially on the grounds that they helped INEC to direct election that would be worthy to Nigerians. Powers of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were to discharge the names of every last one of corps members murdered in the North, repercussions the election won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) applicant, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
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As per the NYSC, the individuals who kicked the GP tank….No I mean bucket, apart from Chibuzor, were Teidi Tosin Olawale from Osun State; he held Bsc degree in Computer Science; Nkwazema Anslem Chukwunonyerem from Imo State, a holder of HND in Electrical Electronic Engineering; Okpokiri Obinna Michael who hailed from Abia State and held Bsc degree in Environmental Management; Adowei Elliot from Bayelsa State, a graduate with Bsc in Computer Science; and Adewunmi Seun Paul, an indigene of Ekiti State and holder of Bsc in Social Sciences.
Others are Adeniji Kehinde Jehleel from Osun State who held Bsc in Banking and Finance; Gbenjo Ebenezer Ayotunde from Osun State, a Bsc degree holder in Education Economics; and Akonyi Ibrahim Sule from Kogi State, a HND holder in Business Administration.
There were additionally reports of such assaults on youth corps members in Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Benue, Gombe, Sokoto, Plateau, Niger, Katsina in addition to different states. Plus, a lot of people a greater amount of the youth were supposedly assaulted or attacked restricted or the other, purportedly over the loss of the applicant of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, in the election.
As the next general election draws closer, there have been debates over the desirability or otherwise of the plan by INEC to use corps members in the conduct of its elections. While some Nigerians agree that it would be a way for the commission to cut costs and access trustworthy and dependable personnel for the exercise, others are fearful of the gale of death of students being witnessed even now, in the build-up to the elections.