A young female told Naij.com that, as a devoted Christian, she did not feel comfortable wearing the NYSC uniform trousers. She said: “Some Christians women strongly believe in Deut 22:5 saying: “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” It is, therefore, our prayer for such women to be allowed to wear skirts.”
However, the NYSC officials insisted on Rita Agbedeyi to stick to the uniform; her refusal resulted in the subsequent ceasing of her NYSC certificate. Mrs Agbedeyi believed it was an infringement of the fundamental human rights of all Christian women.
The similar story happened almost three years ago in Ogun state. Reportedly, Tolulope Damilola Ekundayo, a female corps member, left the NYSC camp after she was forbidden to wear skirts by the camp officials. In the words of T.I Anosike, the Ogun state NYSC coordinator, the girl decided to leave the camp herself; the officials only tried to make her keep to the guidelines, and there was no intention to expel her on their part. The story sparked different reactions among Nigerians.
The hearing of Rita Agbedeyi’s case is taking place on February 22, 2016 in Asaba, the capital of Delta state. Naij.com will be closely monitoring the development of the situation.