The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has stated that its Director General, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shuaibu, has no plans to Islamize Corps members in their orientation camp in Benue State.
NYSC was reacting to an allegation by the Coalition for Peace and Justice that its NYSC General Director expressed his anger at not having a mosque in the camp and ordered the Benue State Coordinator to build a mosque immediately.
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However, the outline in a statement by its Press and Public Relations Director, Adenike Adeyemi, explained that the directive of the DG was aimed at the welfare of the members of the Corps.
Adeyemi emphasized that the instruction was aimed at ensuring that all groups would worship under structures built for that purpose and not exposed to harmful climatic elements in case of rain or extreme sunlight.
The scheme maintained that it recognizes the entire faith and even allowed the National Association of Catholic Coristas, NACC, the Nigerian Christian Scholarship of Corpers, NCCF, and the Association of Muslim Singers of Nigeria, MCAN, to operate without obstacles in the camp.
The statement reads: “When we visited the camp, the Director-General observed the three associations that worshiped in the open space. Therefore, he ordered the state coordinator to provide spaces for them, since those who worshiped should have a structure under the which should worship.
“The instruction was, therefore, directed towards the well-being of the members of the body.
“It was not just the Association of Muslim Courts of Nigeria (MCAN) what he saw that day.” He was concerned only with the welfare of the members of the body without prejudice since the scheme does not favor any religion against another. “