Nigeria’s Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), has on Wednesday admonished Nigerians to be optimistic about the future of the nation by saying that the country is moving forward despite its setbacks.
He made the appeal in Abuja at the 2019 Sensitisation Workshop on the Act establishing the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
Gowon was represented by one time Minister of Education ad pioneer Director-General of NYSC, Col. Ahmadu Ali (rtd).
The former military leader, who lauded efforts made by successive administrations towards ensuring Nigeria remained an indivisible entity after the civil war, said:
“Nigerians should call to mind the bold step we took over 46 years ago to provide a platform for young Nigerians to play their part in actualising our vision of a a united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
“A world of difference exists between the NYSC in 1973 and today. We started the Scheme not long after the civil war with less than 4,000 corpers.