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PLEDGE OF A YOUTH CORPS MEMBER

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PLEDGE OF A YOUTH CORPS MEMBER

I thought one day to play my part and I was sent

Now I’m in a strange land but not a stranger in the land

We’re gathered here, bearing one purpose in mind

And looking gaily, bright faces, fresh from home

I have been camped here for eighteen days now

I have been equipped and armed to the teeth

With great arms needed for this bloodless war

The nation may not observe what we do today

Our tasks is not to please any, but be just corpers

Dressed in khakis, crested vests and oversized boots

Marching to and fro, under sun’s scorch, like soldiers

Bridging the gaps between villages and government

Preaching the sermon of a better Nigeria to everyone

And just within the spheres of our influence to act

But ask just this one thing from our great nation

The support of our government as it seems right.

If the government too, shall lead by example

In the supreme campaign towards a better Nigeria

We hope to follow each step with all our hearts

And be faithful, loyal and honest

To make a reality, the essence of this scheme.

Though our footsteps make only a light impression on this soil

We shall do our best and wish the government does too

For each small step is a giant leap of growth

And we would fight as true patriots of our dear nation

To defend her unity, uphold her honour and glory

So help us God.

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