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Buhari lauds NYSC at 50

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has achieved the goal of national integration, by providing opportunities for cross-cultural interactions, and establishing a bridge for improved understanding.

In a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Corps, the President, commended former Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon, for the wisdom of establishing the Corps in 1973.

President Buhari congratulated the former Head of State, and all Directors General of the Corps, for inspiring and sustaining a 50-year legacy that has strengthened a web of solidarity, ignited loyalty to the nation, broadened the horizon of citizens, promoted civic responsiveness, created a better understanding of various individual and ethnic identities, their diversities, and underscored the bottom-line of the common values of fairness, justice, peace and unity.

The President stressed that NYSC remains one of the strongest ideals of nation-building, institutionally-encouraging inter-cultural and inter-religious marriages, resettling of people of various tribes in different parts of the country, exploration of entrepreneurship and business opportunities in places, removing insularity among citizens, and enabling a new culture of oneness, brotherliness and neighborliness.

President Buhari affirmed that the scheme must be sustained, with a constant reminder of the history, structure and purpose, that should not be abused, trivialized or undermined for any reason, by keeping a focus on the larger picture that Nigeria’s unity is a process and a collective responsibility that must not be negotiated.

The President shares the joyous season of the milestone with all those that have enjoyed the adventures of the scheme, and have been sharing memories and pictures with nostalgia, while wishing potential corps members all the best as they move to different parts of the country, to share and explore new experiences of the diversity of Nigeria.

President Buhari thanks the Nigerian Army, Directors General of the NYSC, and various private and public institutions for providing the enabling environment for the success of the scheme.

Writing by Addullah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade