President Muhammadu Buhari praised the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Retired) for his wisdom in establishing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1973.
The program was implemented after the 1967-1970 civil war as part of a post-war policy designed to reconcile and integrate young Nigerians from all parts of the country.
According to the president in a statement released Friday by Femi Adesina, the president’s senior special assistant for communications and public affairs, Buhari congratulated the former head of state and all of its executives. agency, past and present, for inspiring and perpetuating a 50-year legacy.
“I commend the former Head of State, past and present Directors General of the Corps, academic institutions, and the Nigerian Army for inspiring and sustaining a 50-year legacy and also providing an enabling environment for the success of the scheme,” he said.
President Buhari added that the program has really achieved its goal of national integration, creating opportunities for intercultural interaction and building bridges for a better understanding of individual and ethnic identities. form.
He noted that the program emphasizes the core of shared values of fairness, justice, peace, and unity.
“The NYSC program remains one of the most powerful ideals of nation-building, institutionally encouraging cross-cultural and creed marriages, the resettlement of people from various different to different parts of the country.
“Discover entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial opportunities in many places, among citizens, and facilitate a new culture of solidarity, brotherhood, and neighborliness,” said Buhari.
He said the show should be maintained, with constant reminders of its history, structure, and purpose, adding that it should not be compromised for any reason.