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N33k: I am always thankful to Gen. Gowon for initiating NYSC – Buhari


President Buhari while receiving delegates of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday February 6, stated that some Lagosians living in Victoria Island have never visited Ikeja.

The corps members who were led by Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare and the director-general of the NYSC Ibrahim Shehu, came to thank the president for increasing their monthly allowance from N19,800 to N33,000.

In the statement released by President Buhari’s spokesperson Femi Adesina, the Nigerian leader commended former Head of State Yakubu Gowon for introducing the scheme which he said has made youths to know the country better and understand other cultures.


He said;

“People come from far and wide; some from Victoria Island in Lagos have not even been to Ikeja. They now find themselves in Daura and other parts of the country. Whenever I go to my town, I get in touch with members; some of them from Lagos, some from Port Harcourt

“Whenever I meet General Gowon up till today, I thank him for initiating the NYSC. It is a nationalist and patriotic thinking that led to the development of the scheme.”


#Newsworthy…

Abdulsalami, Gowon, Osinbajo And Oyetola Charge Nigerians To Humanitarian Service With Selflessness

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola; former Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdulsalami Abubakir, have charged Nigerians on selfless service to humanity, describing it as ultimate to national development and nation building.

They called on Nigerians to imbibe philanthropic spirit by dedicating their wealth and resources to serve God and to impact positively on the lives of others.

The four eminent Nigerians stated this on Saturday during the unveiling and dedication of Owa Ofokutu (Memorial) Ecumenical Centre (OOFEC), in Ilesa, Osun State.

Owa Ofokutu, was the Paramount Ruler of Ijesa land from 1842-1856, and the edifice was built, donated and dedicated in his memory by Professor Debo Adeyemi of Ofokutu’s royal family.

The VP who was represented by the Chaplain, State House, Abuja, Pastor Seyi Malomo, called on Nigerians to promote unity, love and togetherness.

Osinbajo who described unity as central to development, said Nigerians must begin to see strength in their diversity.

General Abdulsalam Abubakar, described the good gesture of the donor as “phenomenal and worthwhile.”

He advocated the need for Nigerians to renew their faith in God by rededicating themselves to service humanity.

General Gowon also urged Nigerians to emulate the good gesture of the donor.

He noted that the dedication of the buildings to service humanity was an affirmation to biblical verses.

He urged the people of Ijesa land and its environs to put the facilities to good use.

Inaugurating the edifice, Governor Oyetola, urged Nigerians to focus on things that can strengthen the bond of unity.

He implored well-spirited Nigerians, irrespective of their religious beliefs and persuasions, to emulate the motive and the noble initiative that can strengthen the ties of unity in the country.

While commending the donor and the entire family of Owa Ofokutu royal family for dedicating the edifice to the glory of God and to service humanity, Oyetola said: “This is a commendable community service. I, therefore, call on other wealthy individuals to emulate this gesture.”

He added: “Beyond the fanfare and the solemn dedication ceremony of today, this event has an underpinning philosophy of ‘all-inclusiveness’ attached to it. The concept of ‘Pan-denominational’ Ecumenical Centre symbolises the onenes and the bonded unity of the Church, which is awesome, and towers above all other mundane considerations.”

“The life and times of Owo Ofokutu and the building of this Ecumenical Centre have great import for the unity of Nigeria and its people. It is a clarion call to us to believe in the things that bind us together.”

The donor, Professor Debo Adeyemi, attributed the gesture to divine inspiration from God.

He urged Nigerian particularly the rich to always share their blessings and wealth with others since they cannot enjoy their wealth while the majority are suffering.

Adeyemi commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for the high sense of patriotism and commitment to the well-being of the citizens.

He extolled the governor for building on the legacy of peace, unity and cohesion, urging him not to relent in his efforts at keeping the state together.

#Newsworthy…