By Gbenga Ojo, March 31, 2021, News/Comments
LAGOS-As social media is agog with the recent proposal by a former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressive Congress, APC, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the Federal Government, (FG) to employ 50 million youths into various security outfits in the Country as a way of curbing the challenges such as kidnapping, terrorism, armed banditry, and other crimes posing serious life threatening to citizens. Tinubu in this year’s colloquium (69th birthday celebration) in Kano had made this assertion, even has some quarters believed that his stylish mute against the total collapsing of the Country’s security woe and other issues remain political as 2023 draw close.
However, some political analysts had attacked Tinubu, noting that, why did he had to wait all these while to make such a statement that may just be mere political rehearsal. But in a swift reaction by the former Lagos State governor’s Spokesperson, Tunde Rahman noted that it was a mistake made by Tinubu, to have said 50 million jobs rather than say, 50,000 jobs. His statement reads:
, “Speaking at the event, Asiwaju Tinubu canvassed the urgent need to combine employment and national security policy by the recruitment of five million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernisation. He believes that the more job opportunities are presented to our youths, the less some of them will be tempted into illegal and dangerous activities.
“Asiwaju sought the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the armed forces, not the 50 million that was mentioned in error. It was an accidental verbal mistake of which we all commit from time to time, especially when reciting a series of large numerical figures.
“He did not mean 50 million youths, which is almost a quarter of our total population. The crucial matter is that Asiwaju rightly observed that such a strong recruitment would serve the twin-purpose of helping to tackle unemployment, while at the same time enhancing the security of every Nigerian. Please forgive any confusion due to this innocent error.”
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