The controversial Peace Corps of Nigeria bill has suffered a major set back as President Muhammadu Buhari rejects the proposed establishment of the organisation.
Buhari cited security concerns and financial burden of funding the organisation by the government as his reasons for rejecting the bill.
The letter was read by the speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, during plenary on Tuesday.
You will recall that the national assembly passed the bill in 2017, after several oppositions from security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police Force
He said given “scarce government resources”, funding the organisation will be a financial burden on the federal government.
There are litigations currently pending before the court between Dickson Akoh, the organisation’s commandant, and the Nigeria police force.
The organisation’s premises has also been cordoned off since last year by policemen, despite a court judgement and a directive from the house of representatives asking the police to vacate the premises.