We’ll stand by you, DG assures ailing NYSC anthem composer
Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim on Thursday visited the writer and composer of the NYSC Anthem, Dr. Oluwole Adetiran, at his Ibafo residence in Ogun State.
This was after receiving the news of the ill-health of Dr. Adetiran, a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, said.
A colourful reception for the DG was greeted by a majestic rendition of the 3-stanza NYSC Anthem, which Adetiran, himself, led in an orchestral manner.
Gen. Ibrahim, according to Mrs. Adeyemi, was full of praise for the man who single-handedly composed what has now become a very famous anthem of Nigerian youths in the NYSC Scheme.
“Overwhelmed by the emotions of being recognised by the Chief Executive of NYSC and the kind emotional words of the Director-General to him, Dr. Adetiran then burst into tears of joy in appreciation of the visit.
“The Director-General assured him that the NYSC Scheme will continue to stand by him and members of his family at all times. The NYSC Boss prayed to God Almighty to grant him speedy recovery and good health.
“The music legend in appreciation, was full of excitement and fulfilment that the Director-General made out time to visit him and also thanked the Director-General for sustaining the values of the scheme which motivated him to compose the Anthem in the first instance,” she said.
The NYSC helmsman, was accompanied on the visit by the Acting-Director, Special Duties, Alhaji Musa Abubakar; Ogun State NYSC Coordinator, Dr. Belinda Faniyi and her Lagos State counterpart, Mr. Eddy Megwa.