The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to report of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for expelling two Corps members who refused to put on trousers because it was against their faith. The corps members sent packing from NYSC's orientation camp were identified as Okafor Love Obianuju with registration number EB/19C/0523 and Odji Oritsetsolaye (EB/19C/0530).
In a statement released on behalf of CAN President Supo Ayokunle by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications Rev. Adebayo Oladeji, the Christian group recounted how they refused commenting on Firdausa Al Jannah Amasa protesting against not being called to bar by the Nigerian Law School for refusing to remove her hijab.
CAN appealed to NYSC authorities to be more tolerant as it noted that government agencies that have no regard for the way people worship God are satanic. The affected corps members were advised to go to court as it recalled how the Nigerian Law School retraced its step after being sued by Muslims over the hijab controversy.
The statement read “The fundamental rights of the people as regards religion must be respected. “And that is why, a few months ago, when some Muslim women were protesting over the wearing of hijab at the Law School, we refused to speak against it because it is their right and thank God, they won it.
“We are appealing to the leadership of the NYSC to revisit the matter. “In this country, religious right is an inalienable right that must be respected. They must allow the people to practise their religion.
“If our government agencies have no regard for the way people worship God, then it means they are satanic. Any system that does not respect religion is satanic. “We advise the victims of that injustice to go to court and challenge their expulsion by the NYSC.”