On Friday, the National Youth Service Corps refuted reports that it was mobilizing members of the regiment to participate in the war and emphasized that this was not true. The national leadership of Abuja NYSC stated in a statement by Deputy Director (Publications) Mr. Emeka Mgbemena that it will continue to safeguard the interests of members of the agency.
In response to the cancellation of the NYSC plan, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the director-general of the NYSC, allegedly stated that members of the corps were part of Nigeria’s national defense policy and could be mobilized to participate in the war if necessary.
However, the NYSC disclosed that Ibrahim never said corps members were being mobilised for war as being reported by some media outlets.
The statement reads in part, “This is to clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director-General’s recent interview with the media currently trending on the social media.
“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 charged them to remain focused and patriotic; and prayed 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 a war. The Scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of Corps Members at all times.”