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Buhari reassures Nigeria’s unity as he meets NYSC Members
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Katsina State, in Daura on Sunday, has been challenged to use their education and privilege of visiting different parts of the country to unite Nigerians.
While receiving corps members at his country home in Daura during the Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration, alongside the President of Republic of Guinea, Prof. Alfa Conde, Buhari said the primary focus of the NYSC is to expose graduates to the beauty and diversity of the country, and return to their states or any part of the country to share their experiences.
The All Progressive Congress leader charged them to always emphasize the common values of peaceful co-existence, kindness and hospitality that cut across all cultures and religion in Nigeria.
He further noted that Nigeria depends on past and serving youth corps members to bridge the country, since they have the first-hand experience of living with different ethnic groups in various parts of the country, studying their traditions and cultures, and enjoying hospitality, which underpins every community in Nigeria.
In his words: “From Lagos, Port Harcourt and other parts of the country, you are at the end of the country. This posting will make you know this place, Daura, and you can disabuse the minds of those who are not educated about the other side of the country.
“It is only the NYSC that is merging us together and of course, the police and soldiers,” he said.
President Buhari also noted that in every meeting with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who initiated the programme in 1973 to promote unity and understanding among Nigerians, he always remembers to appreciate the ingenuity of the programme and need for continuity.
Buhari, in his kind gesture, donated two cows and ten bags of rice to the corps members, and some money, while the President of Republic of Guinea also complemented with two cows.