The NYSC has issued a statement on its Facebook page refuting claims that it compelled a Muslim corps member to shave his long beard, thereby avoiding eviction from the camp.
According to the organization, the reports are unfounded and misleading, as the NYSC has a code of conduct that all corps members must adhere to during their service year, regardless of their religious affiliations.
In a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa, the NYSC said it had never subjected any member, whether Muslim or Christian, to such treatment.
The statement read, “The attention of the Management of National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a misleading online story with the above caption.
“To put the records straight, the NYSC from inception till date has its code of conduct which Corps Members always comply with throughout their service year.
“In addition, there is no iota of truth in the misleading, baseless and mischievous story, which only emanated as a fictitious imagination of the uninformed writer.
“Similarly, since the commencement of the on-going 2023 Batch ‘A’ Stream Two Orientation Course, no Corps member, either Muslim or Christian has been evicted from any of the NYSC Orientation Camps across the country.
“It is however worthy to note that the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), under the leadership of Prof. Ishaq Akintola, having confirmed that the story is false appreciated NYSC Management for mentoring Nigerian youths without religious or ethnic sentiments.
“We however want to place on record the effective collaboration recorded with the above body over the years. MURIC is indeed part of NYSC success story till date.
“NYSC Management therefore calls on the initiator of the libelous story and other rumour peddlers to stop attributing fake news to the Scheme or be ready for prosecution.
“The Scheme would continue to consolidate on its achievements of the past fifty years and also strive to mentor Nigerian youths towards successful future.”