The authorities of the National Youth Service Corps in the Federal Capital Territory have denied the report that it introduced Sharia practices in the administration of the FCT orientation camp.
The scheme’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Aderemi Adenike
made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
Aderemi said it was necessary to dismiss the report in a national daily where the
newly-appointed FCT Coordinator, Mallam Bello Balama was reported to
have introduced sharia
practices because he said ”it is sinful for him as a Muslim to head a camp where alcohol is sold”.
NYSC’s reaction to the accusation
The statement reads: “The attention of the Management of National Youth Service
Corps has been drawn to a publication of the Authority Newspaper of Tuesday,
24th April, 2018 captioned,
‘NYSC Introduces Sharia in FCT Camp’.
“The writer in the publication claimed that the NYSC scheme in FCT camp Kubwa
has introduced Sharia practices including the banning of sales of alcoholic drinks
and non-socialization of male and female corps members.
“The NYSC Management views this allegation very seriously and wishes
to state that there is nothing like Introduction of Sharia Practice in any
NYSC Orientation Camp including the FCT Camp.
“However, Management wishes to state that the scheme runs a prototype policy in all
NYSC Orientation Camps Nationwide. The camps are coordinated with a uniform timetable.
There is also freedom of worship for both Muslim and Christian corps members.
“On the issue of restriction of socialization of male and female Corps Members,
this again negates the whole essence of the scheme as it is not possible for any camp
management to stop the social integration of corps members in an orientation camp.
For the avoidance of doubt, corps members are grouped into platoons and it comprises both
male and female and they carry out all camp activities together.
“The general public and especially serving Corps Members should disregard the issue of
introduction of Sharia in FCT or any other orientation camp nationwide.”