The Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, has disowned a statement credited to her by a section of the media which claimed that she said she broke no law by accepting to be a minister despite being a serving member of the National Youth Service Scheme, NYSC.

Hannatu Musawa,The Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy

In a statement by the Deputy Director Press, at the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Suleiman Haruna, on Monday, 28th August, 2023, Musawa, said the published statement did not come from her and, therefore, dissociated herself from the contents of the statement.

“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.”

Hannatu Musawa, Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy

The legality of Musawa’s appointment has been a source of debate among Nigerians since the NYSC confirmed reports that she is a servicing corp member.

Her critics have argued that the NYSC Act forbids her from drawing salaries from two places at the same time, while others argue the constitution is superior to the Act.

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