Former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu has altered his comment of 50 million new recruits of into the Nigerian army.
The National Leader of the APC made this disclosure while speaking at a colloquium to celebrate his new age on Monday, March 29.
Reacting to the mixed reactions evoked over his statement, he released a statement saying he made “an accidental verbal mistake”. Revising the error, he meant 50,000 youths.
Additionally, the former Governor campaigned for the recruitment of another 5 million youth in the aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernisation.
“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.”