The senator representing Anambra North at the National Assembly, Stella Oduah, did not complete the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Newsbreak reports.
The NYSC revealed this in a letter by Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General (DG) of the organization, which was signed on his behalf by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Eddy Megwa.
NYSC is compulsory in the sense that Nigerian graduates cannot request an exemption by themselves, unless they are disabled, have served in the military or paramilitary for a period of more than one year or are older than 30 when they graduated.
A political group had petitioned the NYSC seeking to know the truth about Oduah’s NYSC status.
The NYSC’s response reads in part: “In response to your request, we wish to state that the facts of the matter remain as follows: Stella Adaeze Oduah was mobilised for national service in 1982/1983 service year and deployed to Lagos State.
“After the orientation course, she absconded and never completed the national service. The consequence of this is that she is not qualified for the issuance of the certificate of national service.”
It remains unclear how Oduah’s failure to complete her NYSC escaped the scrutiny of agencies.
Although a Federal High Court had already ruled that possessing an NYSC certificate was not a condition for holding public office, Oduah’s claim on oath that she possessed an NYSC certificate when she knew this to be false amounts to perjury and disqualification.