Published on May 03, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has charged the National Youth Service Corps to step up its unifying role against the backdrop of the ethnic tensions being experienced in the country.
He gave the charge today when the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sule Kazaure paid him a courtesy visit in his palace.
The Sultan’s advise came against the background of the violent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in parts of the country as well as agitation for self-determination by an ethnic group.
He said that the NYSC Director-General assumed office at a critical time when those problems needed to be nib in the bud even ax he expressed belief in the continued relevance of the Scheme.
He called on those managing the scheme to use it to instill in the youth the spirit of togetherness.
“We believe in Nigeria; we believe we can build it together irrespective of our diverse ethnic backgrounds. The two major religions teach us to be our brothers’ keepers.
“Here in Sokoto, we will continue to do what is right; we will continue to be hospitable to everyone irrespective of what happens elsewhere. Other states should replicate what we do here,”
Sultan Sa’ad reminded the Director-General of the enormity of the responsibilities of his new office, and urged him to try not only to build on the achievements of his predecessors, but surpass them.
He assured that the NYSC Scheme would continue to enjoy support of the Sultanate Council, adding: “Corps members would be taken care of and accepted as our children.”
Earlier, the NYSC Director-General had thanked the Sultan for his support to the Scheme.
Kazaure said he was in the palace to seek royal blessings, and to canvass for the sustenance of the cordial relationship between the NYSC and the Sultanate Council.
He condoled with the Sultan over the death, two days ago, of the Walin Sokoto, Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu.
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