Osun State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Emmanuel Attah has warned corps members, who are participating in the state governorship election, to resist being used by politicians to achieve their selfish interest.
Attah gave the warning during the commemoration of the 45 year anniversary of the NYSC in Osogbo.
He said the political tempo in the state was high, as the Sept. 22, Osun Governorship election draws nearer.
The coordinator, therefore, warning corps members, who would participate in the conduct of the election, to be very careful and guard against the pranks of the politicians.
“NYSC is apolitical, just like the saying of the president, it belongs to no one but belongs to everyone, and it will continue to remain a neutral body.
“The NYSC, as far as election process is concerned, we belong to nobody; we belong to everybody and we are apolitical.
“NYSC has, over the years, given great credibility to the Nigerian election process.
“We will continue to advise our corps members that would be participating in the elections to be neutral, to defend the name of their family, their own integrity and most importantly, the NYSC.
“I want the corps members to maintain the good name and credibility of the Corps so that Nigerians can have faith in the ability of NYSC to participate in the electoral process.
“We have confidence in our corps members but I will equally enjoin them and youths generally not to be used by politicians to cause havoc or any electoral violence,” Attah said.
He also warned politicians in the state, not to come near the corps members to entice them with any form of gift or gratification and that they should not intimidate them before, during and after electoral process.
The coordinator said any form of intimidation or harassment would not be taken lightly by the management of NYSC because “the serving corp members are the children of the NYSC and it would do everything within its power to protect them”.
Speaking on NYSC 45 years anniversary, Attah said the state NYSC and corps members would carry out sensitisation walk, cleaning of motor parks and markets and render free medical services to people in the rural communities.
He thanked the state government, especially Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, for paying state allowance to the corps members and also the people of the state for the love and hospitality shown to corps members serving in the state.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.