President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to signed the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill passed by the National Assembly in 2017.
In a letter read by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, Mr. Buhari cited security concerns and financial implications amongst reasons for his decision.
According to the President, given “scarce government resources”, funding the organisation will be a financial burden on the federal government.
Buhari said further in the letter that the organisation is a duplication of existing security agencies.
He said the bill seeks to empower the Peace Corps to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies.
It would recall that the National Assembly passed the Peace Corps Bill in 2017, after a prolonged battle involving the organisation 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.