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‘It’s just a scam’ — Nigerians tweet in support of Buhari’s Peace Corps rejection
The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari not to assent to the controversial Peace Corps Bill has been greeted with applause by many Nigerians, with one even describing the bill as a “scam”.
On Tuesday, Buhari wrote to the House of representatives informing the lawmakers that he could not assent to the bill due to security and financial reasons.
“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,” Buhari’s letter read in part.
Many Nigerians deemed the President’s decline a welcome development, as doing otherwise would amount to unnecessary duplication of functions.
Read the Peace Corps Bill, then the Police Act, Civil Defence Act and the mandates of ministries. You will see that the Peace Corps Bill duplicates the functions of at least 7 existing organizations.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) February 27, 2018
I have to agree with @DrJoeAbah that Peace Corps Bill is a scam.. no matter what you think this will be the biggest legislative fraud if allowed. The @NGRSenate should instead empower states to have State Police rather than commit scarce resources to some phony corps https://t.co/k19mMOjIDD
— My Engineers (@myengineers) February 28, 2018
We had an extensive deliberation on the issue yesterday on my Alumni’s WhatsApp group.
The proponents had just one point i.e. d passage of Peace Corps bill will create jobs.
I consider it watery simply because it will be an avenue for NASS to put their supporters in FG’s payroll
— ‘Tunji Alao (@tunjialao) February 28, 2018
Passing the Peace Corps Bill would have created another religious security bill from the other side creating more religious crisis in a country riddled with too many religious crisis. PMB’s decision was the best & that’s why I will keep voting for him until he had enough
— Engr Mustapha – MNSE (@Engineer_Musty) February 28, 2018
I agree with @MBuhari on the Peace Corps bill. We still need to merge the police with the civil defense and frsc. Very important to do that.
— President Eze (@blaze128) February 28, 2018
I actually support his actions on the peace corps bill cos they have no clear job or duty
— BOSS LALA (@deprincedanny) February 28, 2018
The Peace Corps bill wasn’t signed into law. Fantastic.
Next step is absorbing NSCDC into the Police force
— 𝒢𝒶𝒿𝑒𝓇𝑒 (@GajereCN) February 28, 2018
I’m against the Peace Corps bill. Rather approval should be given for the creation of state and (if possible) LG Police.
So @MBuhari Is ✔️
— Typical Nigerian (@Charley_1010) February 28, 2018
In fairness buhari made the best decision about peace corps which was all about scam. If he wants to do ojoro he could have signed it to campaign for himself and also screwed some billions all in the name of the bill. Let the people join police and stop acting civil defense.
— ♔Olú Ọlálẹ̀yẹ (@iam_obasky) February 27, 2018
With All The Emphasis That I Can Muster, I Applaud President @MBuhari For Withholding His Assent Of The Peace Corps Bill. It Was A Step In The Right Direction.
— BEEGEAGLES BLOG (@beegeaglesblog) February 28, 2018
And on a lighter note, one Twitter user posted this tweet:
President Buhari has withheld assent to the Peace Corps bill. He cited lack of funds as his reason.
But what will now happen to those Peace Corps people who have already sewn uniforms, wrapped up training, and are already answering “Officer”?
— David King (@davidking247) February 27, 2018