President Muhammadu Buhari has raised hand for the Air Force pilot, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, who escaped from an Alpha Jet that was shut down by bandits in Zamfara State amidst intense battle.
The President, who received briefings from the superior officers on the incidence, hailed the gallantry displayed by the pilot who came under “intense ground fire from bandits
Buhari, however, expressed pains over the air crash, saying: “I was shocked by the devastating news of the air crash but felt much relieved, following the successful ejection by the pilot and his eventual rescue.
“May the injured pilot recover at the earliest time.’’
And back in his Daura country home in Katsina State where he observed Eid-el-Kabir prayer today, July 20, President Buhari played host to members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) during which time he expressed his special attachment to the Service, saying that it had broadened the horizon of citizens, opens up opportunities and enhances understanding of cultural differences.
He confessed how he had consistently been commending former Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon for the initiative, which had created more opportunity for uniting the country.
President Buhari advised the youth corps members to make the best out of the opportunity of travelling around the country, especially in understanding different climates, cultures, languages and outviews on life.
“Everytime I meet with former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, like recently, I still commend him for the initiative of the NYSC. The NYSC is spectacular in many ways.
“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.”
The President said that the NYSC scheme was well thought-out to unite the country through understanding.
“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.’’
President Buhari gave the corps members two cows from his farm, 20 bags of rice and N1, 000,000 cash.
The Corps Liaison Officer, Umaru Babayo thanked the President for all the efforts and sacrifices to restore peace in the country, and the policies to diversify the economy, with agriculture as the main driver.
He said that the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, had shown a lot of kindness and warmth to corps members as well in his domain, appreciating the community for always supporting them.
Babayo assured the President of prayers for a successful time in office, and God’s providence in decision making that will move the country forward.