President Muhammadu Buhari has called on members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to live up to the expectation of the founding fathers by utilising their education and posting to different parts of the country to unite Nigerians.
The President gave the call when he received the youth Corps members at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, on Sunday, during the Eid-el Kabir celebration.
In a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, says ”the primary focus of the NYSC is to expose graduates to the beauty and diversity of the country”.
He urged them to always emphasise the common values of peaceful co-existence, kindness and hospitality that cut across all cultures and religion in Nigeria.
The president maintained that the entire nation depended on past and serving youth corps members to form bridges across all divides in the country.
“It is only the NYSC that is merging us together and, of course, the police and soldiers,” he said.
The President noted that in every meeting with former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who initiated the programme in 1973 to promote unity and understanding among Nigerians, he always remembered to appreciate the ingenuity of the programme and need for continuity.
The Chief Liaison Officer of NYSC in Daura, Aliyu Abdullahi, said it was a privilege to serve in the hometown of the President, and also meet with him and his Eid-el Kabir special guest, President Conde.
Abdullahi commended him for the efforts to restore peace, security and unity in the country.
He assured the president of the prayers and support of the corps members.
President Buhari donated two cows and 10 bags of rice to the corps members, in addition to some cash, with his Guinean guest complimenting with two cows.