The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says no corps member is being mobilised for war as widely reported in the media.
The NYSC, in a statement on Friday, said the statement credited to its Director- General Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim was misrepresented.
In an interview on Wednesday, Ibrahim had insinuated that corps members can be mobilised for war if need be.
He said its members are part of the country’s National Defence Policy and are “reserve”.
” So where there is a serious war our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained,” he had said.
But the NYSC said at no point did its DG say that corps members are being mobilised to fight a war.
“This is to clarify the misrepresentation of the NYSC Director- General’s recent interview with the media currently trending on the social media,” the statement reads.
“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.
“He charged them to remain focused and patriotic; and for the spirit of NYSC to live in all Nigerians.
“Brig-Gen 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.”