Godswill Akapbio said passing the Peace Corps bill is like 'making a law to legalise MMM.'
Speaking during the consideration of the conference committee report on the Peace Corps of Nigeria on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Akpabio said passing the bill is like ‘legitimising illegitimacy’.
The former Akwa-Ibom state governor said passing the Peace Corps bill is like 'making a law to legalise MMM.'
He advised Dickson Akor, the Peace Corps commandant and other Nigerians to set up foundations to empower the youths rather than paramilitary organisations.
"Honestly speaking my submission will be to support the earlier speakers, it is better for us to tread on the part of caution, when you talk about para-military organisation, we may be adding to insecurity in the nation vetting and other things have to be done before we start putting uniform on people and giving ranks.
“Some of them are field marshals and they have not gone to any war, many of them are lieutenant-generals, I have seen some saluting as brigadier-generals, I have seen them in public occasions where the youths use their clothes to clean the seats for the commandant-general.
“If an individual want to empower youths he can do that with through a foundation. He does not need a law from the national assembly. I would suggest that the appropriate thing to do is to step it down. Controversies are too many. Remember when we started with the civil defence, they were not meant to carry arms but many years later they started carrying arms.
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“If you know the number of armed robbers and criminals they bring out of police college in Ikeja after discovering that and they are going there just to legitimise their trade by becoming policemen. Many of them have been sacked from training. So where we are now is that when we bring another corps with uniform, we are going to legitimise illegitimacy.
'It is also almost like our government to make a law on MMM where youths have been taken advantage of and people have lost money, millions of naira and then someone brings a law to legitimise MMM which we know is a fraud. This thing is 419. Any individual that wishes to know the truth, any individual that wishes to empower the youth can go ahead through a foundation. We cannot make a law for an individual to collect millions of naira. We cannot afford to pass this bill now. I'm sure at the appropriate time we can still discuss it," the lawmaker added
The matter was stepped down and referred to the committee on judiciary to investigate the issues involved and report back in two weeks.