Richard Ginika Izuora
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has condemned the plan to scrap the National Youth Service (NYSC) scheme, pointing that the move is not in the interest of Nigeria’s unity.
The Sultan made his position known when he hosted some selected members of NYSC Batch A stream 2 Corps members; posted to Sokoto state in his palace on Monday, May 31, in Sokoto.
He said that those agitating for the scrapping of the scheme did not mean well for the country, stressing that the NYSC scheme was established; to foster the nation’s unity and strengthen ties among Nigerians.
“I heard there are efforts for the scrapping of the NYSC scheme; I assure you that those behind that struggle do not mean well for this country,” the Sultan said.
According to him, the NYSC scheme is the most needed programme in view of the present situation; when Nigeria is almost divided along ethnic and religious lines.
He welcomed youth corps members posted to the state; saying that the state was the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
Abubakar urged them to consider the state as their second home; and explore the opportunities therein.
He advised them to respect the customs and traditions of their host communities and be security conscious as there are security challenges in parts of the state.
“I urge you to be security conscious while staying in Sokoto, you know there are security challenges now all over the world, we have our own share also.
” You should not keep late nights; and if you have any challenges contact your district head because they are like your father and guardian,” he said.