Bola Tinubu who said during his colloquium in Kano that he would love 50 million youths recruited into the army has backtracked.
News Mail Nigeria reports that Bola Tinubu has corrected himself. After a huge backlash he has released a statement on Tuesday calling his statement “an accidental verbal mistake “. Tinubu’s media office said he gave the figure in error and only wanted to say 50,000.
It read: “Asiwaju seeks 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, 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.
“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.”
The All Progressive Chieftain made this statement while speaking at a colloquium to mark his 69th birthday in Kano State on Monday March 29.