Richard Ginika Izuora
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, scheme as absolutely necessary and has made itself indispensable to the national unity initiative of government.
Buhari, expressed his deep attachment to the scheme saying it broadens the horizon of citizens, opens up opportunities, and enhances understanding of cultural differences.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, in a statement on Tuesday, July 20, said Buhari made his position known in Daura, Katsina State, when he hosted Youth Corps Members serving in Daura.
Buhari, said he had consistently commended former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon for the initiative, which had created more opportunities for uniting the country.
Buhari urged the Youth Corps Members to make the most out of the opportunity of travelling around the country, especially in understanding different climates, cultures, languages and views on life.
“Every time I meet with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, like recently, I still commend him for the initiative of the NYSC. The NYSC is spectacular in many ways.
“Some of you have come from Port Harcourt, Lagos, and Calabar and you can now feel the heat of Daura and how close it is to the desert,” he said.
The president said the NYSC scheme was well-thought-out to unite the country through understanding.
“I feel very strongly about the NYSC and I am wishing you all the very best.
“I assure you that you will be much better as Nigerians after your experience,’’ he added.
Buhari, who offered them two cows from his farm, 20 bags of rice, and N1 million, had earlier joined Muslim faithful to observe the Eid-el-Kabir prayer.