BEVERLY HILLS, March 30, (THEWILL) – Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has said he never meant that the Federal Government should employ 50 million but 5 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost the fight against terrorism, banditry and others.
He blamed the figure many have regarded as outrageous on a slip of the tongue.
Tinubu was caught in a viral video, counselling the Federal Government to employ “50 million youths” into the Nigerian Army in order to boost the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation.
He had made the faux pas on Monday during the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday.
“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, “What they will eat —cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.”
However, Tinubu, who spoke through his media aide, Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday, said he meant the government should employ 5 million youths and not 50 million into the Army.
Tinubu had justified his statement by saying the government should not be constrained by austere measures in spending on its people.
He said Nigeria as a sovereign state could create money, as being done in the US and other developed countries.
He cited the USA, which is spending $1.9 trillion to boost its economy and has also lined up another $3 trillion for infrastructure