Today is the 69th birthday of the National Leader of the All progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which he is currently celebrating in Kano with his annual colloquium, he said during the colloquium that the federal government can boost the economy by recruiting upto 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army, as this will also boost the country in the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation.
While speaking at the 12th colloquium in Kano he said he picked Kano to prove that Yorubas and Fulanis are one, he said;
Tinubu said, “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 stated, adding that “what they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.”
The APC chieftain, while reacting to recent statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics that over 23 million Nigerians are jobless, also urged the government to create jobs for youths in the agricultural value chains.
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Tinubu said, “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 former Lagos State governor, however, saluted “very creative” youths in the country, saying, “They are angry, they are showing their anger but we will appeal to them”.
The 12th colloquium held in Kano, was themed, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative Of National Cohesion For Growth And Prosperity.
The event was virtually attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who chaired the occasion and restated the essence of a One Nigeria.
The 12th colloquium was also virtually attended by the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; amongst others, whose itineraries were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport.
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