The Acting President has sympathized with families of the nine National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who drowned in River Mayo-Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State on Saturday.
In a statement on Monday, he lamented that the nation had lost some of its talented and productive young people in their prime.
He said, “this terrible occurrence has ended the lives of these young men and women bringing an abrupt end to their lives while they were dutifully engaged in National Service.
“The Federal Government appreciates their service to the nation and it is my prayer that God will comfort their families and loved ones, and that we would not witness such a calamity again.
“I would like to express my condolences to the families of the late youth corps members, the NYSC management and the people of Taraba State, where the sorrowful incident occurred and Edo, Enugu, Delta and Imo States from where the identified victims hailed.”
The deceased were among 22 corps members who had gone on a picnic around the area when the incident happened.