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Former Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has admitted that he did not participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program but was still appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Shittu made this statement in response to the controversy surrounding the appointment of Hannatu Musawa as the Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, despite her still being a serving corps member.
Shittu argued that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) does not require individuals to hold an NYSC certificate before seeking elective or appointive positions in Nigeria.
He stated, “The 1999 Constitution did not make it mandatory that for anybody to hold public office, he/she must have NYSC discharge certificate.”
He further defended the appointment of Musawa, stating that she was appointed by the president and that the president had not violated any laws.
Shittu cited court judgments and the constitution itself, which do not mandate an NYSC certificate for political office holders.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago