President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, received some members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) serving in his home town, Daura, Katsina State, praising the idea behind the establishment of the scheme and gifting his visitors two cows from his farm, 20 bags of rice and N1 million.
The Corps members were in the president’s country home for what has become an annual Eid-el-Kabir homage.
Speaking at the occasion, President Buhari expressed his deep attachment to the NYSC and the impact it has so far made, saying that it broadens the horizon of citizens, opens up opportunities and enhances understanding of cultural differences.
The President said he had consistently commended former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon for the initiative, which had created more opportunities for uniting the country.
President 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 our views on life.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) quoted him as saying: “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.”
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.
The Corps Liason Officer, Umaru Babayo thanked the president for all the efforts and sacrifices to restore peace in the country, and the policies to diversify the economy, with agriculture as the main driver.
He said the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, had shown a lot of kindness and warmth to corps members as well in his domain, appreciating the community for always supporting them.
Babayo assured the President of prayers for a successful time in office, and God’s providence in decision making that will move the country forward.