President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday addressed members of the NYSC urging them to cooperate with his government in the fight against corruption. And not only.
The country leader spoke on June 4, Thursday, at the National Youths Service Corps orientation camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos state, Vanguard reports.
Buhari delivered speech through Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, who was on his part represented by aide Aderemi Desalu.
Buhari stressed the importance of the occasion, which was the first swearing-in of the NYSC members for one-year service under his administration.
"My dear compatriots, the time has come for us as responsible citizens to come to terms with the prevailing realities in our national life. Without doubt, the current situation in our country calls for unity, commitment and hard work to help its development.
"As we have promised Nigerians, my administration will soon unveil a comprehensive National Youths Empowerment Programme, anchored on the model provided by the NYSC scheme, our goal is to comprehensively address youth unemployment, insecurity and other social vices prevalent among our youths.
"Let me assure you all that change for us is not just a political slogan, it is the dawn of new order, sough for by majority of our people. The true change we desire must start with everyone of us, especially you, the Nigerian youths.
"On our part, we are prepared and determined to lead the nation with sincerity of purpose. We will continue to support and encourage corps members and the NYSC scheme by quick intervention and fulfilment of statutory obligations at all tiers of government.
"Corps members must be ready to participate fully and join hands with all Nigerians to fight the scourge of corruption. I call on you to cultivate the spirit of hard work and selfless service."
Muhammadu Buhari could not personally attend the occasion as he was in Chad, holding discussions with his colleague Idriss Deby. The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation to make anti-Boko Haram fight more effective.