Tinubu: I Misquoted Myself on Recruitment into Nigerian Army – I meant 50,000, not 50m

*Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Tuesday clarified his statement on his call for an increased recruitment of young Nigerian Army and equal number to other security forces by wrongly advocating fifty million Nigerians as right new intakes to provide adequate security to the nation.

Tinubu, admitting that he misquoted himself, said he actually meant fifty thousand and not the fifty million reported.

Recall that the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium marking Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s birthday was a well-attended event that focused on the important theme of national cohesion during these challenging times.

This was the first time the colloquium was held in the ancient and important city of Kano. The choice of venue was most appropriate given the theme and the underlying objective of highlighting the oneness of the country and the need for unity so that Nigeria may attain its best destiny.

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Speaking at the event, Asiwaju Tinubu canvassed the urgent need to combine employment and national security policy by the recruitment of 5 million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernization.

He believes that the more job opportunities are presented to our youth the less some of them will be tempted into illegal and dangerous activities.

As part of this overall approach, he believes that eligible youth should be recruited into the armed forces, police and other security agencies to augment the functional capacity of our security apparatus thus ensuring the better security and safety of our people.

Asiwaju seeks the expansion of security personnel by 50,000 for the armed forces not the N50 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.

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He did not mean N50 million, which is almost a quarter of our total population.
The crucial matter is that Asiwaju rightly observed that such 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. The most vital thing is that he set forth a wise and timely approach that would help us face two of today’s stiffest challenges.

 

“It is in the spirit that we hope you view and assess his proposal for it seeks to provide a way for more youths to participate in building a greater, safer and more prosperous country.”

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