By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme should be a two-year programme so that corps members can undergo military training.
Speaking during a programme on Channels Television on Wednesday, the Taraba governor reasoned that the military training would serve to help ex-corp members to handle arms and defend themselves.
He said, “If you leave me, the NYSC, I will say it should be two years — one year for compulsory military training and the other year for the social works that they are doing now.
“[This is] so that anybody who graduates as an NYSC person can know how to handle a gun, can know how to defend himself, just like it is done in other countries like in Israel, Lebanon and other places.
“You must engage your citizens to be proactive when you cannot provide the security. You must allow them to protect themselves. Constitution or no constitution, you must first be alive.”
The governor further asked the federal government to train residents of border communities on how to handle arms to help them protect themselves against the scourge of banditry and kidnappings.
He said, “I will still request the federal government that those who are at the border regions and those villages that are hard to reach, they must teach them how to use guns to protect themselves.
“You can’t leave human beings like that — at the whims and caprices of somebody who moves with an AK-47. This is wrong. They should train 10 or 20 people in each village along the axis of the boundaries.”