By IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced his decision to decline assent on the Nigerian Peace Corps (establishment) bill.
In a letter dated 25th January, 2018, and read to members during Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Representatives by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Buhari cited security concerns, and inability of the government to fund the Corps, if established as reasons for the decline.
Buhari said “the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps (is) being authorized to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies”.
Also on the financial implications, he explained that “funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources may pose serious challenges to the government”.