CAN reacts to defacing of NYSC members on skirt bases

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has faulted the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for dismissing two female corps members who refused to wear shorts and trousers for religous reasons and urged the defaced persons to approach the court to ask for redress.

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The corps members whose names were given as Okafor Love Obianuju, with call-up number EB/19C/0523; and Odji Oritsetsolaye, with call-up number EB/19C/0530, were sent home from the NYSC camp in Enugu on Sunday, 10th November 2019. 

RevAdebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the CAN President, while Speaking on the dismissal of the ladies in an interview, the said the corps members should not be victimized for holding onto their faith. 

He said, “The fundamental rights of the people as regards religion must be respected.

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“And that is why, a few months ago, when some Muslim women were protesting over the wearing of hijab at the Law School, we refused to speak against it because it is their right and thank God, they won it.

“We are appealing to the leadership of the NYSC to revisit the matter.

“In this country, religious right is an inalienable right that must be respected. They must allow the people to practise their religion.

“If our government agencies have no regard for the way people worship God, then it means they are satanic. Any system that does not respect religion is satanic.”