The National Leader of All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has advised the Federal Government to recruit at least 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation.
Tinubu while speaking at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State, with the theme ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity’.
said “We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed, 33 percent unemployed?”
“Recruit 50 million youths into the army, what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.”
“Don’t talk about illiteracy, anybody who can hold a gun, who can handle a gun, who can cock and shoot is technically competent to repair a tractor in the farm.”
The event was virtually attended by the President Muhammadu Buhari who chaired the occasion. Likewise the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, whose movement to the venue of the event were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport.