The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has debunked media reports claiming that the scheme is planning to mobilise corps members for war.
In a recent interview on Channels Tv ‘Sunrise Daily’, the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated that corps members can be quickly trained in the time of war because they are part of the national defence policy.
He said in his reaction to plans by some lawmakers to scrap the NYSC scheme which is compulsory for all Nigerian students who graduate before the age of 30.
However, NYSC has now released a rebuttal debunking the report, according to the statement, the director-general was quoted out of context.
The statement reads,
“REBUTTAL: NO CORPS MEMBER IS BEING MOBILISED FOR WAR
This is to clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director-General’s recent interview with the media currently trending on the social media.
The Director-General had stated that in line with the National Defence Policy, Corps Members are like soldiers on reserve, because their education, exposure and sophistication, can make them easily adaptable to military training.
He charged them to remain focused and patriotic; and for the spirit of NYSC to live in all Nigerians.
General Ibrahim never at any point said that Corps Members are being mobilised to fight war. The Scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of Corps Members at all times.
— NYSC HQ Nigeria (@officialnyscng) June 3, 2021