All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asked the federal government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army.
He said the move could help the Muhammadu Buhari government tackle the menaces of Boko Haram terrorism and banditry.
The former Lagos governor said the insurgents and bandits are taking advantage of the high unemployment in the country and are recruiting the youth to indulge in their criminal activities.
Tinubu emphasized that the nation is under-policed, adding that drafting the youth into various national security agencies should not be based solely on educational qualification or literacy.
“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, 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 Tinubu stated while addressing guests at the 12th colloquium organised in his honour.
At the Kano event which also served as a celebration of the APC chieftain’s 69th birthday, he urged the government to create opportunities in agriculture to stem the unemployment rate.