President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his deep attachment to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), 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, said Buhari made his feelings known at his country home, Daura, Katsina State, when he hosted youth corps members serving in Daura.
The youth corps members were at the president’s residence on Eid-el-Kabir homage.
Buhari said he had consistently commended former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, for the initiative, which had created more opportunity for uniting the country.
The president 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.
He said, “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.”
Buhari said the NYSC scheme was well thought-out to unite the country through understanding.
“I feel very strongly about the NYSC and I’m wishing you all the very best.
“I assure you that you’ll be much better as Nigerians after your experience,’’ he added.