The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on President Bola Tinubu to rescue the eight National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who were kidnapped in Zamfara State on August 21, 2023.
In a statement released on September 25, 2023, HURIWA said that the president’s silence on the abduction was unacceptable, and that he should give the same priority to the rescue of the NYSC members as he did to the rescue of the female students of the Federal University Gusau who were kidnapped last week.
HURIWA also accused security chiefs of profiting from insecurity in the country, and called for an investigation into the matter.
The group’s statement said:
“Whereas the president was quick to order his security chiefs at the Weekend to ensure that the remaining Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State who are still being held as hostages by terrorists in Zamfara are swiftly rescued without harm, he has maintained stoic silence and hasn’t said anything regarding the Corpers in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme to our public knowledge. These corpers were earlier kidnapped over three weeks now. Is president Tinubu not aware that for almost one month, nearly a dozen Corpers of the NYSC from Akwa Ibom headed for the Zamfara State’s Camps of NYSC were kidnapped by the terrorists operating in Zamfara State? And as soon as he the President gave that order, the hostages were rescued magically but the corpers are still being held”.
HURIWA also noted that the bandits had demanded N4 million ransom for the release of one of the kidnapped NYSC members.
The group called on President Tinubu to take immediate action to rescue the kidnapped NYSC members, and to investigate the role of security chiefs in the ongoing insecurity in the country.
The NYSC is a mandatory one-year national service program for all Nigerian graduates. The program is designed to promote national unity and integration.