PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has divulged why he refused to assent to the Peace Corp Bill.
Buhari noted that security concerns and financial burden of funding the organization are the reasons for his action.
He stated this in a letter he sent to the House of Representatives which was read during plenary on Tuesday (27/02/2018) by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.
To him, given the “scarce government resources”, funding the organization will be a financial burden on the federal government.
He then noted that the organization is a duplication of existing security agencies which are to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies.
The National Assembly passed the Peace Corps Bill in 2017, after a prolonged battle involving the organization and the nation’s security agencies.
The bill has been widely anticipated by many Nigerians, especially the youth who believe creation of the corps will reduce unemployment.