The Conference of Southern Nigeria Elders and Leaders has urged the National Youth Service Corps to stop posting corps members from the South to troubled states in the North.
In a communiqué in Uyo on Thursday, the conference said the escalation of threats to lives and property in the North by the Boko Haram sect had resulted in increased killing of Christians and other southerners.
It said in view of the above, posting of its corps members to the crisis-prone North should be suspended by the NYSC.
The communique read in part, “That until the security situation in volatile and life threatening areas of the country improves, we insist that none of our youth should be posted to serve the compulsory one year national service in any part of these volatile and life threatening areas in the North.
“That the President should not hesitate to rid his government and the nation’s security forces of all persons of dubious loyalty and to treat the activities of the sect as treason and apply the relevant laws on the culprits and their sponsors.
“That President Goodluck Jonathan and all organs of government, especially the judiciary, should demonstrably and firmly prosecute the war against corruption without fear or favour, with no sacred cow(s) spared, to serve as deterrent to others.”