Ijaw group berates Yuguda over comment on slain corps members


A group, Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), yesterday in Lagos criticised Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda over his comment on the death of nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members during last month’s post-election riots in the North.

The group brought over 70 women from the Niger Delta for a peaceful protest where it berated Yuguda for saying the killing of the corps members was their destiny.

It noted that Yuguda’s utterance might embolden the killers to feel that their action was proper.

Through its Coordinator, Comrade Joseph Evah, the group condoled with the families of the slain youths, saying they were young patriots who should not die in vain.

IMG said: "The murderers are moving freely today because Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda openly stated that the untimely death of our children should not be taken seriously, because it was their destiny to die that way and since their killers are helping the victims to fulfill destiny, they can’t be prosecuted by the law. Shame on Yuguda! I am sure his wife and children are ashamed of him and the people of his state and even the first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Tafawa Balewa, who is from his state, is ashamed of him in the grave."

IMG called for the review of the NYSC, noting that corps members should serve in their states of origin or geo-political zones.


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