The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Olawumi Johnson, has noted with disdain, comments credited to some politicians against corps members involved in electioneering processes.
Olawumi described the situation where politicians blackmail corps members to score political goals as improper and uncalled for.
The director general in an interaction with journalists yesterday in Abuja, assured Nigerians that corps members involved in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun State would not compromise standard.
He also warned participating corps members to conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.
Olawumi noted that corps members involved in recent elections exhibited high sense of commitment and patriotism, and urged those for the Osun State election to live up to expectation.
He stated that allegations by politicians that the scheme had compromised in its partnership with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conducting credible election were unfounded and considered as political tactics.
"We have the PDP too alleging that all my staff in Osun State have compromised and agitating that I should remove them, you are bound to see things like this in election. I want to state categorically that we don't just deploy these corp members for electoral duties, and as far as we are concerned, they are not the alpha and omega in the conduct of election; they are just playing a minute role there," he said.
He added: "It is important to let you know that we don't just push them out, they conduct a sensitisation training for them and in the cause of that, give them manual and apart from all these, we let them know that they are all adults and will be responsible for their actions and that they should be ready to face consequences of whatever action they decide to take why taking part in elections," he said.
Olawumi however, said such misinformation about the could breed disaffection, which could capable of exposing participating to the attack. .