The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has denied reports that the Director-General of the scheme, Brig. Gen
Shuaibu Ibrahim said that youth corps members could be mobilised for war.
There have been reports that the NYSC DG was quoted to have told Channels TV that corps members are part of the reserve defence system of Nigeria.
He said “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is
serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on,
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like
soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.
“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their
best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”
But in a swift reaction, NYSC on Thursday night said Director-General was quoted out of context.
This is to however clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director-General’s recent interview with the media
currently trending on the social media, NYSC said.
“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 also 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 however, continue to safeguard the interest of Corps Members at all times,”
By Cynthia N.