Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy Hannatu Musawa has disputed a statement falsely attributed to her concerning the ongoing controversy surrounding her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) status. The media recently published a statement claiming that she defended simultaneously holding a ministerial role and undergoing national service, which Ms. Musawa purportedly issued.
However, the Deputy Director of Press at the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Suleiman Haruna, conveyed Ms. Musawa’s repudiation of the statement. Haruna clarified that the released statement did not originate from her and that she dissociated from its content.
Clarification on Official Position
Haruna stated, “The attention of Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa, The Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, has been drawn to a recently circulating piece…The piece is inaccurately associated with her in relation to the current NYSC discussion,” Mr Haruna said.
“The Hon. Minister clarifies that she has not released any official statement regarding the aforementioned matter and kindly asks the public to be cautious of unverified information.”
Background of Controversy
The controversy surrounding Ms. Musawa’s NYSC status began three years ago when she could not present evidence of her national service during a screening for an appointment by former President Muhammadu Buhari. However, the situation escalated recently when the NYSC management confirmed that Ms. Musawa, inaugurated as a minister by President Bola Tinubu, was still undergoing her national youth service.
Critics have called for her removal from the ministerial position, arguing that she cannot hold both roles simultaneously. The controversy has persisted for three years, as detailed by PREMIUM TIMES.
NYSC Certificate and Absconding Claims
Investigations revealed that an NYSC discharge certificate in Ms. Musawa’s name, issued in 2003, exists and is held by the Corps. Nonetheless, the certificate has been withheld due to allegations of her absconding during her service year. Ms. Musawa counterargued that the NYSC failed to diligently search for her record and denied her a fair opportunity to prove her non-involvement in absconding.