By CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA — FOLLOWING the controversy that trailed the decamping of one Miss Damilola Ekundayo during the Batch ‘A’ 2013 orientation programme in Ogun State, Director General of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. General Nnamdi Okore-Affia, has vowed not to give in to the antics of religious extremists to undermine the scheme.
Okore-Affia was reacting to a media report credited to one Oguntoye Oluwaseyi on the abdication of the responsibility to serve the nation by Damilola.
The report, entitled ‘Religion, Trousers and Female Corps Members,’ carpeted the leadership of NYSC for not throwing open the dress code at the orientation camp.
The NYSC boss in a statement in Abuja, maintained that serving the nation after graduation was mandatory, but not by force, adding that anybody who submitted to serve must abide by the rules and regulations of the service.
Okore-Affia said that although NYSC recognized constitutional rights of every citizen to freedom of religion, its orientation camp was not a breeding ground for religious extremists.
He added: “The orientation camp is a training ground and pivot of discipline and not a crusade camp, where religious beliefs are espoused and propagated. Therefore, anybody that submits himself for the one-year mandatory service, must abide by the rules and regulations guiding the service, especially during the Orientation course which has some form of regimentation.”