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Coalition of muslim groups kick against exercise, activities by NYSC, Army during ramadan fast

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
A coalition of no fewer than fifty Islamic Propagation Organisations under the auspices of the Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN), have vehemently lamented the conduct of some activities by the Nigerian and the National Youths Service Corp(NYSC), during the ongoing Ramadan fast.

They kicked against conducting such exercise and activities‎ during the holy month of ramadan by the authorities.
The coalition group, hitherto, decried the,”recalcitrance” of the Nigerian Army and the NYSC for conducting the screening of new recruits and camping, during the Ramadan fast period.

The coalition made known their feelings Wednesday in Sokoto at a news briefing by the Council’s National President, Malam Lawal Maidoki.

Maidoki said, “despite pleas, appeals and protests, the duo had
continued to put some Nigerian Muslim youth to the rigours and
temptation of their respective camps in the sacred Ramadan period.

“This act of insensitivity betrays the contempt with which Islam and
its sanctity are being treated by such common national symbols as the
Nigerian Army and the NYSC, among many others.

“As Muslim organisations, we consider the scheduling of the selection
and the training exercises by the duo as a deliberate attempt of
short-changing the Muslim youth.”

According to him, Nigerian Muslims,” do not regard as any good gesture,” the exemption of Muslim youth from the rigours of the training in Ramadan period.

“On the contrary, we regard such gesture as another denial of
fundamental opportunity to get exposed to the diverse survival skills
the camp such as that of the NYSC stands to offer.

“As such, the only solution to this clear injustice lies in the
avoidance of all training and selections in our camps during the
period of Ramadan,” Maidoki, averred.

The National President, however, called on the Muslim Ummah to utilize the period of
Ramadan, ” to pray to live to witness a better Nigeria, where all
Nigerians will be treated equally.”



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