President Muhammadu Buhari, while commiserating with the families of the three National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who lost their lives recently during the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation Programme in three states, ordered an independent investigation into the matter.
Speaking on behalf of the president on Wednesday, the Special Adviser to the President in Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as describing “the demise of these young Nigerians as shocking, sad and unfortunate,” expressing regrets that they died in the course of answering the national call to serve.
Adesina said the investigation was meant to “unravel the true circumstances” surrounding their death.
He also 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.
The statement read, “President Buhari also extends 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.”