National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday, urged the Federal Government to recruit millions of youths into the Nigerian Army to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, adding that the country is currently competing with criminals to recruit from the youths.
Tinubu said this at the 12th colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State.
The event was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, albeit virtually.
The president, in his remarks restated the essence of a One Nigeria.
Tinubu said, “We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed —33 per cent unemployed?”
“Recruit 50 million youths into the army,” he stated, adding that “what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.”
On the recent statistics that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless, Tinubu advised the government to explore the agriculture value chain to create jobs for the teeming number of youths.
He said, “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 former Lagos State governor, however, saluted “very creative” youths in the country, saying, “They are angry, they are showing their anger but we will appeal to them”.
The colloquium held in Kano was themed, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.
The colloquium was also virtually attended by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; amongst others, whose itineraries were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport.