“Nobody will force you to wear hijab” — Sultan tells corps members

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Abubakar II, has assured the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream-11 corps members in Sokoto State that nobody would force them to wear the Islamic hijab.

The Sultan gave the assurance in his palace when the NYSC management team in the State led by the State Coordinator and some selected corps members paid him a courtesy visit.

He also assured them that their safety is guaranteed despite some security challenges facing the country. He said, “In Sokoto, Sharia’h law is only binding on Muslims, nobody will force you to wear Hijab, or force you to obey Islamic laws if you are not a Muslim”. He further assured them that they will be allowed to practise the religion of their choice. He noted that Sharia’h law is not binding on non-Muslims, stressing that nobody would be coerced to join Islam against his or her wish.

The monarch also urged them to continue to be law-abiding and serve as role models to the younger generations. He further urged the corps members to respect the cultures and customs of their host communities.

On his part, the NYSC State Coordinator, Muhammad Nakamba, said these batches of corps members are exceptional in terms of discipline and obedience to camp rules and regulations.

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