Former Military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), has said that irrespective of what some people are saying, and not withstanding internal and external setbacks confronting Nigeria, that the nation is moving forward.
Gowon spoke in Abuja on Wednesday during the 2019 Sensitisation Workshop on the Act establishing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He was represented at the event by a former Minister of Education and pioneer Director-General of NYSC, Col. Ahmadu Ali (rtd).
“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.
“Today, the current Director-General is handling about 350,000 corps members at once. That shows you the growth of Nigeria itself. Such phenomenal rise alone depicts the nation is moving forward irrespective of what is being said in certain quarters.
“Those of us who have served this nation and know what is going on, know that Nigeria is going forward despite the internal and external setbacks,” Gowon.
Many Nigerians, especially those from the southern and middle belt regions, have continued to lament that the nation is not moving forward and have been canvassing for the restructuring of the country.
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