President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday admonished Nigerians to pursue things that promote national unity rather than dissipate energy on divisive actions.
The President noted that despite cultural or ethnic differences, Nigerians were better off as a united people under one nation.
He described the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as one scheme that has, since its inception in May 1973, promoted national cohesion.
President Buhari spoke at his country home in Daura, Katsina State, when members serving in the ancient town paid him a Sallah homage in commemoration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
“Every time I meet with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, like recently, I still commend him for the initiative of the NYSC. The NYSC is spectacular in many ways.
“I feel very strongly about the NYSC and I am wishing you all the very best. I assure you that you will be much better as Nigerians after your experience.
“Some of you have come from Port Harcourt, Lagos and Calabar and you can now feel the heat of Daura and how close it is to the desert.
“Not only the cultural differences but also physical differences. These are the things that make Nigeria.
“I assure you that there is a better, united Nigeria, rather than we allow ourselves to fall apart.”
President Buhari gave the corps members N1 million, two cows and 20 bags of rice.
The corps members’ Liaison Officer, Umar Babayo, had hailed President Buhari for supporting the NYSC.