The Osun state Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola has wrned corps members to be wary of desperate politicians that would want to put pressure on them to compromise the process of the 2019 general elections, when serving as INEC ad-hoc staff.
Oyetola gave this warning on Wednesday, during the passing out ceremony for the 2018 Batch C, Stream II, corps members deployed to Osun, at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp in Ede.
The governor said desperate politicians would be putting pressure on election officers to corrupt and subvert the will of the electorate during the general election and therefore warn corps members not to cave to such pressure.
“The 2019 general election is around the corner and you (corps members) will be called upon to offer helping hands.
“Do whatever assignment given to you with integrity, promptness and the fear of God.
“There will be pressure from desperate politicians to corruptly influence you and make you compromise the integrity of the election, ‘do not yield to this pressure’.
“Be conscious of the grave consequences subverting the electoral will of the people would bring.
“As you begin your service year, give good account of yourselves, be good representatives of your families, institutions, your various states and the NYSC.” he said.
He also urged the the corps members to follow the ideals behind the creation of the NYSC during their service year by embracing their postings, making friends, and getting to know the people and culture of the communities they are posted to serve.
Mr Emmanuel Attah, the Osun NYSC State Coordinator, in his address said the NYSC would continue to play it’s neutral role during elections, stating that necessary and regular sensitisation is given to the corps members on roles expected of them during elections.
Attah however sound a note of warning to individuals or group who attempt to intimidate or harm any corps member(s) in the name of political thuggery, advising politicians to stay away from the corps members, stating that they would not listen to them.
He admonished the corps members, as they are going to their places of primary assignments, to shun all forms of indiscipline, corrupt practices, partisan politics, religious extremism and disrespect for the socio-cultural values of their host communities
Attah also warned them that those who engage in any form of lawlessness would feel the long arms of the law, urging them to use the service year to discover their purpose in life.