The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), led by Abubakar Sa’ad, sultan of Sokoto, has criticised the decision of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to open its orientation camps during Ramadan.
The JNI, in a statement, “condemned in strongest terms” the ongoing orientation exercise which it says will prevent Muslim corps members from catering to the demands of their faith as a result of camp activities.
The body also called on the Nigerian Army to immediately postpone its planned recruitment exercise until the conclusion of the Islamic fasting period.
According to the organisation, the NYSC orientation and the recruitment exercise of the army would put Muslim faithful observing fasting and prayers at a disadvantage.
The JNI addressed the issue at its annual central council meeting in Kaduna, which held on May 21 and 22.
It said: “This is because the prospective corps members would be at disadvantage to their faith and other camp activities.
“The council also calls on the authority of the Nigerian Army to postpone the intended recruitment exercise until after Ramadan to avoid putting prospective candidates at a disadvantage.”
The JNI also urged the NYSC to honour a previous agreement entered by both parties for camp activities to be suspended during Ramadan.