The National Youth Service Corps, has reacted to the claim that General Ibrahim Shuaibu, the Director General of the scheme plans to Islamise Corps members in Benue State orientation camp.
This came as a result of an allegation by the Coalition for Peace and Justice that DG of NYSC expressed anger that there was no mosque in the camp and ordered the Benue State Coordinator to build a mosque immediately.
The Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, in a statement, noted that the DG’s directive was targeted at the welfare of Corps members.
Adeyemi also stated that the directive was aimed at ensuring that all groups worship under structures built for that purpose and not exposed them to rainfall and extreme sunshine.
The scheme maintained that it recognises all faith and even allowed the National Association of Catholic Corpers, NACC, Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship, NCCF, and Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria, MCAN, to operate without hindrance in the camp.
“When we visited the camp, the DG observed the three associations worshipping in the open space, he, therefore, instructed the state coordinator to provide spaces for them, as those worshipping should have a structure under which they should worship.”
“The instruction was, therefore, targeted toward the welfare of the corps members.”
“In fact, it wasn’t only Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria (MCAN) that he saw that day. He was only concern about the welfare of the corps members without prejudice as the scheme does not favour any religion against another.”