Parents from the South-East whose children have received their call-up letters for the next batch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme commencing July 2, may withdraw their children if posted to what one of them described as the “terrorist belt of Northern Nigeria”.
In a survey conducted by Christian Voice between last Monday and Wednesday in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states, the vast majority of the respondents identified the “terrorist belt” as Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe states.
Mr Aneke whose two children graduated from the Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT) and due for the scheme, like others, vowed to withdraw his children if they were posted to any of these states.
Another parent, Mr Uwadiegwu Amadi, who said he has fully prepared his daughter who graduated from the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, for the scheme also said he would not allow his daughter to be posted to these high-risk areas.
“It is like committing suicide to expose my daughter to suicide bombers”, he submitted with dry humour.
The few who said they did not care where their children are posted by NYSC authorities base their stand on their strong Christian faith that God would always deliver the faithful from all dangers.
Sister Ola Kalu in Umuahia whose only son graduated from Abia State University, Uturu, submitted; “my son will go and return safely even if posted to the Boko Haram den. God will deliver him like He delivered Daniel from the lions’ den and Peter and Silas, from the maximum prison”.
The parents’ stand against posting their wards to the “terrorist den” has been hardened following last Sunday’s indiscriminate bombing of Christian Churches while in session in Kaduna State by Boko Haram terrorists.
For the first time these unprovoked attacks against Christians attracted reprisals and the parents in South East fear that with Christians now out to revenge the attacks, there would be a spate of indiscriminate killings and loss of lives which the South East parents said they would not expose their children to.
Asked if there is a plan by South East parents to collectively demand from NYSC not to post the children to these troubled spots most of the parents said that there was none but one of them, Mr Kenneth Nwosu from Orlu, Imo State was sure that “every concerned Igbo man has the same attitude to the matter”.