Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria at a Glance
MCAN is an acronym for the “Muslim Corpers’ Association of Nigeria” and has for more than three (3) decades achieved a very close relationship with Muslim gradates that have successfully qualified for the one year National Youth Service in the various states of the Federation.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme brought to limelight by the Decree No 24 of 1973, made possible in Nigeria the deployment of eligible graduates from universities and other relevant institutions of higher learning within the country and abroad to undertake a National Service in states/areas other than their state of origin. This then made it possible for fresh Muslim graduates to gather under a platform which the Muslim Corps Members could organise and coordinate themselves for the purposes of collectively carrying out Islamic responsibilities; hence, the formation of Muslim Corpers Association of Nigeria (MCAN).
The Association was inaugurate during 1978/1979 service year. MCAN has its National Headquarters in Mabushi, Abuja and branches all over the 36 states of the Federation including the FCT.
The Association was registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria in 1994. The membership of the Association is open to all serving Muslim corps members in the Federation and the FCT. All serving Muslim corps members constitute MCAN upon registration with MCAN at their arrival on the various NYSC Orientation Camps.
Mission: ADHERENCE TO THE PRISTINE TEACHINGS OF ISLAM IN ALL AFFAIRS OF LIFE.
Vision: TOWARDS ACHIEVING AN IDEAL (MORALLY BOUNDED) ISLAMIC SOCIETY.
Slogan: SERVING ISLAM (ALLAH) THROUGH THE NATION.
AIMS OF OBJECTIVES OF MCAN
Muslim Corpers’ Association of Nigeria (MCAN) members has the following aims and objectives:
1. To serve as coordinating body and a forum in the exchange of ideas between Muslim corps members in all parts of the federation.
2. To fight and protect the legitimate interest and rights of all Muslim Youth Corps members in the country.
3. To promote better understanding of Islam among Muslim corps members, students and rest of the populace with a view to having a more dedicated and unified ummah.
4. To coordinate the efforts of various Islamic organizations in the propagation of Islam in Nigeria and throughout the world.
The association works towards achieving the set aims and objectives through the various programmes at the various levels of organisation.
The programmes of the association have been scheduled in-line with those of the NYSC to allow members participate fully in the National Youth Service without hindrance and at the same time contribute in no small measure to personal and community development activities. Thus, we have the pre-orientation camp programmes, the orientation programmes, and the post-orientation programmes.
The Pre-Orientation Programme
The programme is aimed at raising the consciousness of potential corps members in institutions within the country. Here, MCAN liaises with Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) by jointly organising seminars to familiarise prospective corps members with the programmes of MCAN and NYSC.
Pamphlets are also distributed to increase outreach. These programmes start at about 2-3 months to the announced date of commencement of orientation.
The Orientation Programme
This programme commences as the orientation camp opens for each service year across the country. Here, the objectives are; to identify and mobilise Muslim corps members, to provide an atmosphere for the pursuit of Islamic personal development and closer interaction between Muslim corps members of various backgrounds. It also provides an opportunity to reach out to non-Muslims.
These objectives are achieved by:-
Having representatives of MCAN present lectures on orientation camps
Use of posters, welcome banners, and notice boards to publicise mosque activities
Regular Da’wah programmes in the Mosque over the period of orientation with syllabus covering different aspects of the religion, such as ‘Aqeedah, ‘ibaadah, and mu’amalaat.
Islamic video show
Memorisation of short verses of the Qur’an during Mosque activities
Minor humanitarian works on camp by the corps members to improve interaction e.g. improving a drainage outlet, construction of small bridge etc.
The Post-Orientation Activities
The post-orientation activities runs from when corps members leave orientation camps to the very last day before their passing out parade. These activities are generally divided into educational/Da’wah programmes, visitation programmes and community development programmes.
· Weekly Al-Usrah programme
· Arabic and Qur’anic classes for MCAN members
· Village weekend Da’wah programmes
· Radio and television programmes in more than 16 states of the federation
· Publishing of monthly bulletin
· Classes for reverts
· Free tutorial classes in secondary schools in more than 12 states of the federation
· National seminars and leadership training programmes e.g. seminar on nikkah etc.
Visitation Programme involves
· Regular visits to prisons across the country. Here, the visitation holds every Friday where corps members conduct Jum’ah services together with the inmates or on monthly basis which involves lectures and distribution of gifts
· Visiting motherless babies homes. This usually takes place bi-annually
· Other visits are also organised based on the circumstances
Community Development Programmes involves
· Renovating and construction of Mosques and Arabic schools in communities. Some of the projects are completed over years.
· Islamic video clubs/book centres in more than 20 states of the federation with the biggest at the National (Mosque) Headquarters, Abuja.