The Buhari-led federal government is competing with bandits and armed robbers to recruit from the army of unemployed youths in the country, the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said.
According to Tinubu, to curb unemployment and solve insecurity in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari must recruit more youths into the country’s security agencies.
Tinubu gave this hint in Kano on Monday at the 12th Colloquium to mark his 69th birthday.
He said the country must also fine-tune its economic programmes by creating job opportunities for the youths.
“This is the time to put stimulus expenditure in place, this is no more time for austerity. This is no more time to constrain the economy, it is time to create opportunities,” he said.
“Your own employment rate is 33% and you ask us to keep on fasting. The one we are fasting spiritually is voluntary. We have been fasting for so many years. I hope the National Assembly, I hope the president himself will not pay attention to austerity. It is only the state that must constrain itself and balance the budget,” he said.
“We are under police and are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed.
“Don’t call them illiterates, anybody that can handle guns is capable of handling tractors in the farm. We can create the jobs.”
“Surprisingly, when you see social media today, you see the minds of our youths. They are angry, but we appeal to them that we will listen to them.”