President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of three National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members who lost their lives recently during the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation programme in three states.
A statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday, in Abuja said the President, who described the demise of the young Nigerians as “shocking, sad and unfortunate,” regretted that they died in the course of answering the national call to serve.
He urged the “families, friends and associates of the deceased to be consoled by the knowledge that their loved ones paid the supreme price while on national service and not for ignoble reasons.”
Buhari also extended his condolences to the Director-General and management of the NYSC over the transition of the youth corps members, Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi, Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo Ukeme, in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara States respectively.
While enjoining the “management to do all within its powers to protect the lives of those under its charge,” the President also “calls on parents and guardians of current and potential NYSC participants not to panic over the recent tragic deaths.”
On the particular death of Miss Ifedolapo Oladepo in Kano State, President Buhari ordered an independent investigation to unravel the true circumstances.
He prayed God to grant the souls of the departed youths eternal rest.