President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that his faith in National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, remained unshaken.
The President, who spoke in Daura while receiving corps members serving in the town, said it was better to know about the country than for people to be state-inclined. President Buhari is currently spending his Sallah break in his howntown, Daura, which has become part of his schedule during Sallah celebrations in the past three years.
While reaffirming his support for the scheme established in 1973, Buhari said: “It is better to know all about the country than for people to be state-inclined. “I always look forward to meeting the NYSC team because I served mostly in the south when I was in the military.”
He said during his military career, many people did not know much outside their immediate environment. “For them (NYSC members) to be brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a very difficult thing but it will make an impact on Nigeria.
“I have personally spoken to Gen. Gowon to thank him for having the initiative to start the NYSC programme. It is very good for Nigeria.” He also welcomed the corps members to the ancient town of Daura and asked them to enjoy their service year. Buhari also expressed delight over Nigeria’s steady progress toward food sufficiency. The president made his feelings known when he fielded questions from reporters at his private residence in Daura.
He thanked Almighty God for a bumper harvest being recorded across the country. “I hope the rainy season will be as good as the previous ones so that there would be plenty of food so that we may even completely stop importation of food items,” he added.
The President wished all Nigerians a happy and successful celebration and expressed delight that the country was spending less on food importation. According to him, the development is a major boost to the agricultural policies of his administration.
On the mammoth crowd chanting ‘Sai Baba’ on his way back home after performing the Eid-el Kabir prayer at Daura Eid ground, the President said he did not expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’.
In his remarks, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, thanked the President for prioritising the welfare of the youth to secure their future through his style of leadership and developmental initiatives. “The voice of the people is the voice of God and by the grace of God, we pray that in 2019, you will continue to be President of Nigeria to do more for us,” Mr Ishak said.