The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, said that its general director, Brigadier General Ibrahim Shuaibu, has no intention of Islamizing body members in their field orientation in the state of Benue.
NYSC was reacting to a complaint by the Coalition for Peace and Justice that the director general of the NYSC expressed anger at not having a mosque in the camp and ordered the Benue coordinator to immediately build a mosque.
However, the scheme in a statement by its Director of the Press and Public Relations Office, Adenike Adeyemi, said that the directive was addressed to the DG welfare of members of the Corps.
Adeyemi stressed that education aimed to ensure that all cult groups ceded into structures built for this purpose and not exposed to negative climate elements in case of rain or extreme sunlight.
The scheme claimed that it recognizes all faiths and also allowed the National Association of Catholic Showgirls, NACC, Nigerian corps Christian Fellowship, NCCF and the Muslim Association of Nigeria Showgirls, MCAN, to operate unhindered in the chamber.
The statement reads: “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.”