President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps.
The president said the functions of the corps as contained in the bill were duplication of existing security agencies.
President Buhari’s rejection of the Peace Corps bill was conveyed in a letter to Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
He said given “scarce government resources”, funding the organization will be a financial burden on the federal government.
The Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill was overwhelmingly passed at the National Assembly and transmitted to the Presidency for assent on Wednesday, 27th December 2017.
The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the House of Representatives, my decision, on 25th January 2018 to decline Presidential Assent to the Nigeria Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“Specifically, reasons for the decision to decline assent to this bill include among others: Security concerns regarding the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps are authorized to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies; and;
‘Financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources may pose serious challenge to the government.’