A former governor of Lagos State, Chief Bola Tinubu on Monday asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost the fight against insurgency and banditry.
Speaking during a colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday in Kano State , Tinubu said the insurgents and bandits are taking advantage of the high unemployment in the country and are recruiting the youths to indulge in their criminal activities.
The elder statesman 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 Asiwaju stated.