NYSC: Islamic group calls for separate camps for male and female corps members
by Lucas Togan
At the end of the Peace and unity conference for Muslim scholars in Kaduna State, the Secretary General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) – Dr. Khalid Abubakar – called on the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to stop mixing males and females in the National Youth Service Scheme physical exercise at orientation camps as it violates Islamic tenets and offends the sensibilities of Muslims.
He added that the decency and chastity of female corps members be respected during physical exercises and other activities at the orientation camps, and provide alternative camps for female Muslim corps members.
The report reads:
JNI also noted that the refusal of the federal government to institute a judicial process of inquiry or prosecute those arrested or accused of perpetrating violence in the country is an indication of a leadership that is not sensitive to the plight of the people, adding that the attacks and displacement of Muslims in Borno, Taraba and Plateau states have continued unabated as a result of government’s inaction.
The statement accused the federal government and the affected state governments of showing indifference and nonchalant attitude towards settling and rehabilitating displaced Muslim communities in Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State and Zonkwa, Kaduna state.
The statement further accused the government and the media of playing double standards in ascribing terrorism to Islam.
It also blamed the media for exonerating other religions from such criminality, adding that Muslims are being marginalised in almost all strategic government establishments, organisations and institutions in the country.