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Twitter reacts as corps members stage protest to demand inclusion of skirts in NYSC uniform [Photos]

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Twitter reacts as corps members stage protest to demand inclusion of skirts in NYSC uniform [Photos]

A protest by an advocacy group, Serve With Skirts Movement, on Wednesday, calling for the inclusion of skirts in the outfit of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has sparked a series of reactions on social media.

The females among the protesters were dressed in khaki skirts to replace their usual NYSC khaki trousers.

Over the years, some religious faithful, mostly Christians, have been clamouring for the inclusion of skirts in NYSC uniform. The call gained more traction lately following the approval of hijab for Muslim corps members in 2019.

The protesters who stormed Abuja carried placards with inscriptions like “there is a difference between the world and the daughters of God” and “our sisters cannot dress like men.”

Another banner with photos purportedly showing how female corps members dressed in the past with skirts had inscriptions like:

This was how female corpers were dressed in 1976.”

I am a female this is how I should dress as a corper – Deut 22:5″

Leader of the group Udochi Emmanuel while speaking to newsmen stated that being harassed for wearing skirts in NYSC orientation camps breached their fundamental human rights under Section 38(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Udochi also stated that wearing of trousers has led to an increase in the level of immorality in NYSC orientation camps.

She said:

“We had our mothers wearing skirts and we want to go back to that.

“We have asked for exemption (sic) severally. NYSC has not given that as an option, they have made it a compulsory one-year service for everyone below the age of 30 and they are mandated to wear those clothes.

“We have already started negotiations (with government) and we hope that from this dialogue we will get a favorable response.

She also disclosed that they will seek redress in court if their demand is not met

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Photos of the protest have been met with mixed reactions on Twitter.

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Some Twitter users are frowning at the protesters for abandoning “pressing issues” like an increase in the monthly allowance of corps members to advocate for the inclusion of skirt in NYSC uniform.

A Twitter user @Tife_fabunmi wrote:

“Fighting for skirts to be included in NYSC uniform??? Instead of fighting for an increase in the allawee. Lol, instead of fighting for Corp members getting PPA that will help their choice of career. Instead of fighting for enough jobs after NYSC. This country na AYLive.”

Well, we can all fight for what we want. We have the right to. But we have more pressing issues to fight for together than this, we can do this after. Love and Light,” he added

 

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