The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has debunked news going viral that its corps members would be mobilised for war.
Recall that the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim who was in a recent interview with the media gave reasons the one year compulsory scheme should not be scrapped.
Part of the reasons he gave that sparked reactions stated: “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.”
However, the agency has clarified the misrepresentation of the DG’s recent interview in a statement.
According to the statement NYSC released: “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.
“General Ibrahim never at any point said that Corps Members are being mobilised to fight war.
“The Scheme shall continue to safeguard the interest of Corps Members at all times.” It stated.