Road crash: Buhari mourns 5 dead corps members
President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply saddened by the death of five prospective corps members in a motor accident on Abaji/Kwali expressway, Abuja on Wednesday.
The president stated this in a Thursday statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
The Herald recalls that the prospective corps members were graduates of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who were heading for the NYSC camp in Katsina State.
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Seven other prospective corps members were injured in the ghastly accident and rushed to a government hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, it was learnt.
In the statement, the president said he joined the board, management and staff of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic accident.
Commiserating with the families of the youngsters, the president assured that Nigerians shared their grief and would continue to uphold them in prayers through this difficult time.
The president extended best wishes to all corps members on national service as well as new call-ups in various orientation camps across the country.
He reaffirmed that the welfare and security of these young Nigerians, who have obeyed the call to serve the nation with dedication and selflessness, would remain a key priority of government, even as the sacrifices of the fallen youths will never be forgotten.