Speaking at his 69th birthday celebration in Kano on Monday, Bola Tinubu, Former Lagos State Governor has appealed to the Federal Government for the recruitment of 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army.
He called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to enable this stating that it would overwhelm the bandits and other groups terrorising the country across multiple flanks.
“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 said.
Tinubu suggested that literacy should not be necessary for the selection process but it should be based on willigness for combat.
He pressed that agriculture was also a sector which youths should be empowered on so as to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
Analysts present at the occasion added that youths should also be involved in policy making by the Nigerian Government before implementation.
Nimdr Nanso, social entrepreneur stated that one such occasion should have been during the ban of cryptocurrency by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
She added that it was necessary for Nigeria to have leaders who could capitalize on the nation’s diversity for optimal economic growth.