Friday, 10 June 2016

Islamic body frowns at NYSC Orientation course for Batch B, stream 2

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has faulted the National Youth
Service Corps (NYSC) for fixing its orientation camp during the month
of Ramadan.
Prospective corps members of batch A stream II are expected to report
to camps across the nation on Monday. But MURIC described the decision
to open the camp at this period as unconstitutional, calling on the
authorities to postpone the programme.
Accusing the NYSC of discrimination, MURIC said religious crisis is
common in Nigeria due to the "overzealousness and insensitivity of
some government officials".
"We reject this date because Muslim corpers will still be fasting at
that time. It is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for NYSC to
hold camp at a time when its Muslim members will be deprived of their
freedom of worship and the liberty to practice their creed without
fear. This planned camp is exclusive, discriminatory and parochial,"
MURIC said in a statement signed by Ishaq Akintola, its director.
"Official policies in this country often fail to take our cultural and
religious plurality into consideration.
"Any Nigerian institution dealing with schedules and programmes
particularly the NYSC whose programmes are of such magnitude is
expected to consider the dates and periods of important festivals,
rituals and religious practices. This should form the core of its
logistics. It is our humble opinion that NYSC headquarters has failed
in its strategic planning by allowing its next camp to clash with the
Ramadan period."
MURIC said allowing the camp to go on as planned would leave Muslim
corps members at a disadvantage, explaining that those observing
Ramadan will find it very difficult to adapt to the rigours in camp.
The body wondered why the NYSC did not stick to the initial date
scheduled for the exercise.
"What happened to 21st May, 2016 which was the date earlier picked for
the orientation? We do not want to believe that the shift was
deliberately planned to coincide with the Ramadan season with a view
to excluding prospective Muslim corpers," the statement read.

The Cable

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