No Law Stops Me As Corps Member From Being A Minister — Hannatu Musawa


No Law Stops Me As Corps Member From Being A Minister — Hannatu Musawa

ABUJA  – Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, has said that she did not break law by accepting to serve as a minister while undertak­ing the compulsory one year National Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) scheme.

She also said there is law that prevents a Corps mem­ber from taking appoint­ment while still serving.

“There is no law of Ni­geria or any part of the our constitution and NYSC Act that states that a serving corps member cannot be appointed by the President of Nigeria or any other appointing authority into political positions.

“Equally, no part of our existing laws and NYSC Act says that a corps member must finish service before he/she can be appointed into political office,” she said.

Musawa stated this Sun­day in a statement she per­sonally signed in reaction to media reports about her NYSC status.

Citing a court judgment about a similar matter, Musawa said, “In fact, in a decided case before a Fed­eral High Court Abuja in 2021, Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the constitu­tion of Nigeria, which is the grundnorm, does not require anyone to even present a first-degree cer­tificate or any other certif­icate, including the NYSC certificate to be appointed a minister in Nigeria.”

She, however, admitted that she started the NYSC programme in 2001 but could not complete it due to family reasons.
She said she decided to participate in the current NYSC programme in ful­fillment of her personal commitment and out of sense of duty which I am proud of.

“The last couple of days have witnessed barrage of media attacks and misinfor­mation about me following my appointment and swear­ing in as the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“It is true I am currently on the NYSC national ser­vice which I began 8 months ago as a matter of duty and devotion to my country, hav­ing been unable to complete the scheme since I was first mobilised in 2001. I started the mandatory national ser­vice as a corps member de­ployed to Akwa Ibom State in 2001 upon the completion of my university education. I could not complete the ser­vice same year after my re­deployment to Kaduna State due to family obligations. Despite this, it has been my personal resolve and com­mitment that I will always fulfill this national duty whenever I am opportuned to do so.

“I applied to NYSC to be mobilised again for nation­al service last year. NYSC graciously mobilised and deployed me to serve in Abuja where I have been serving in the last 8 months before my current appoint­ment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nige­ria.

“I will like to state clear­ly that contrary to wrong insinuations and false as­sumptions in a section of the mainstream media and social media where false ac­cusations have been made, there is no breach of any law or constitution of the Federal Republic of Nige­ria as amended regarding my current position as a minister and status as serv­ing corps member.

“I will continue to serve my country using every opportunity and platform. My current NYSC status which will end in another 4 months will not in any way impede the discharge of my duties as Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Econ­omy, which, on its own, is a higher call to national service.

“I use this medium to publicly restate my loyalty and rededicate myself to the service of Nigeria. I will continue to serve faithful­ly and with all my energy to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu for a better, greater and more prosperous Nige­ria,” the statement read.”



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