Buhari rejects bill seeking to establish Peace Corps of Nigeria

Nigerian Peace Corps

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the bill seeking to establish the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, announced during the plenary on Tuesday, the refusal of Buhari to give his assent to the bill.

Dogara, reading a letter from Buhari, to the lawmakers, said Buhari rejected the bill on the ground that establishing the proposed Peace Corps of Nigeria, will amount to the duplication of the duties of the existing security agencies.

Buhari, according to the Speaker, also cited the funding of the proposed corps as another reason for refusing to sign the bill.

The bill was pased by the National Assembly last year, and sent to Buhari to assent to it to becomes law.

Both the military and police had objected to the creation of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, while the bill was still in the national assembly.

To register their protests, armed policemen since last year had sealed up the headquarters of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Abuja, forcing the corps to head to court which ordered the police to vacate the place.

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