President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday urged members of the National Youth Service Corps to continue to promote unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, saying they were an active symbol of the nation’s unity.
Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who addressed them in front of his (Buhari) Daura home. The corps members had assembled at the T-junction leading to the President’s residence, requesting to greet him on the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
According to Shehu, the President expressed conviction that the dream of a unified Nigeria remained a reality due to the fact that a large number of corps members, mainly from the southern part of the country, were serving their fatherland in his hometown. He added that he was pleased seeing that NYSC, set up in 1973, was achieving its purpose of integrating the country, noting that the diversity of culture remained Nigeria’s greatest strength.
Recalling his experience of working in various parts of the country as an army officer, Buhari noted that serving in some southern parts of the country like Lagos and Ibadan were very rich experiences, as he learnt more about the culture of the region.
He added, “I thank you for the visit. I hold you passionately as the beacon of hope to Nigeria’s unity. I enjoin you to continue to promote Nigeria’s unity and peaceful coexistence. As you know, this is Sallah period, I want you to go and enjoy yourself and make merry.”
Meanwhile, Shehu announced the presentation of one bull, ten bags of rice and N250,000 for the corps members on behalf of President Buhari.
Earlier, the President joined his kinsmen in Daura, Katsina State to observe this year’s Eid-el-Kabir in what his media aide, Shehu, described as a “phenomenon event.”
Buhari, accompanied to the Eid-el-Kabir prayers by his aides, members of his family and neighbours, had arrived the ‘Kofar Arewa Eid Praying Ground at 9.45am, decked in a cream caftan, immediately after which the prayers were observed. The prayers were led by Salisu Ibrahim, the Chief Imam of Daura Central Mosque.
Shortly after the prayers, Shehu said, “The large crowd and the warm hospitality accorded the President is phenomenon. It shows the President has honour in his home. We urge Nigerians to be patient with the President. He will deliver on his promises.”
The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouq Umar Farouq, in his address, prayed for lasting good health for the President and the success of his administration.