Tinubu denies that he called for the recruitment of 50 million youths into the army

The former Governor of Lagos State Bola Ahmed Tinubu denies that he called for the recruitment of 50 million youths into the army.

The country’s Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has opposed calling for the recruitment of 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army. Tinubu stated that the figure he spoke of during his remark at the 12th Bola Tinubu conference carried out in Kano State on Monday the 22nd of March, 2021 was five million and not fifty million naira. In addition to that the figure should include 50,000 individuals recruitment into the police force, the military, and other security agencies.
In a recent statement two days ago, the former Lagos State governor expressed the urgent need for the combination of employment and national security policy by the recruitment of the youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernization.

He said that the more the youths had more job opportunities available, the less some of them would be tempted into illegal and criminal activities.

He said that the recruitment would increase the functional capacity of security tool , thus promoting better security and safety of the people.

The former governor who sought the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the armed forces and not the N50 million that was mentioned mistakingly, said: “It was an accidental verbal mistake that can be made b anyone, especially when mentioning a series of large numerical figures. I did not mean 50 million youths.”

He stated that such strong recruitment would serve the dual-purpose of dealing with unemployment while at the same time ensuring the security of every Nigerian.

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) initially found fault with Tinubus’s statement, calling on the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army. Dr. Kunle Olajide, The Secretary-General of YCE, was against that suggestion.

MEANWHILE, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, congratulated Tinubu as he turned 69. He prayed that God’s bountiful blessings of good health would continually be his portion in the years to come.

In his goodwill message, Okogie also appreciated God for giving the national leader of APC the grace to see 69 years on earth, stating that to increase in age is to be closer to the Creator and to be more responsible to humanity.

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