The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC has
reportedly rejected the new date for the National
Youth Service Corps » 2016/17 Batch A (Stream
II) orientation course which was slated for June
13, due to the ongoing Ramadan season.
This was revealed in a statement issued by
MURIC’s director, Ishaq Akintola and made
available to PremiumTimes.
The group said the date coincided with Muslim
corps members’ Ramadan fasting.
“ 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,” the statement said.
The new date was fixed after several
postponements and cancellations. The NYSC, in a
statement, said the orientation course had to be
postponed due to financial reason. A date was
finally fixed after President Muhammadu Buhari
» approved and released funds for the scheme.
The NYSC orientation programme would run from
June 13 to June 29 nationwide.
MURIC noted that any Nigerian institution dealing
with schedules and programmes 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,” said Mr.
Akintola, a professor.
“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
“MURIC is not trying to indulge Muslim youths.
Fasting is no joke and it certainly cannot be
combined with the physical challenges which
characterize the NYSC camp .”
The group also noted some challenges that
eligible Muslims will face if they underwent the
orientation course at this time.
The statement mentioned such things as
dehydration and added stress due to the drills
organised by soldiers in charge.
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The Muslim group also mentioned that meals will
also be a challenge as adequate sahuur (early
morning meal taken approximately between 4 am
and 5.15 am) cannot be guaranteed in the NYSC
camp. Neither can the futuur (meal taken at
sunset to break fast ) be timely as camp
schedules are bound to ignore and subsume this
very important period.
Akintola, in his statement pointed out that fasting
is compulsory for every Muslim adult, adding that
any obstacle put in the way of Muslims to make
it impossible for them to fast is an encroachment
on their fundamental human right and a flagrant
violation of Nigerian Constitution.
“ There is more to Ramadan than ordinary fasting,”
“That is on the surface. The whole month of
Ramadan is a period of spiritual dedication. There
are so many other spiritual exercises in which
Muslims engage, the tafsiir (exegesis of the
Qur’an) session, the taraawih (late evening
supererogatory prayers) and nawaafil (night
“Only the deep can call to the deep. All these
cannot be possible in the NYSC camp .”
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