Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar assured members of the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Stream 11 Corps in Sokoto State that Sharia is not binding on non-Muslims in the state.
He however assured them that their safety was guaranteed despite some security challenges facing the country.
Sultan gave the assurance at his palace on Thursday when the NYSC in-state leadership team led by the state coordinator and some selected corps members paid him a courtesy visit.
Abubakar further assured them that they would be allowed to practice any religion of their choice.
He noted that Sharia is not binding on non-Muslims, emphasizing that no one would be forced to join Muslims against their will.
“In Sokoto, Sharia is only binding for Muslims, no one will force you to wear the hijab or obey Islamic laws if you are not a Muslim,” he said.
He enjoined members of the body to spread joy and embrace religious tolerance. He also urged them to continue to uphold the law and serve as role models for younger generations.
He implored them to perform their duties diligently and guided by the provisions of NYSC law and regulations as well as workplace rules and regulations.
“If you are assigned to school, impact the lives of students, make them better than you met them,” he added.
The monarch urged them to respect the cultures and customs of their host communities.
“If you have a problem at your main duty station or where you are assigned, contact the district manager there, they are your guardians in the community,” he said.
He argued that injustice is responsible for most of society’s problems, urging them to study and understand the way of life of people in their host communities.
For his part, NYSC State Coordinator Muhammad Nakamba said that this group of corps members are exceptional in terms of discipline and obedience to camp rules and regulations.
Nakamba said they were at the palace to seek the Sultan’s royal blessing while thanking him for his unwavering support for the project.