<blockquote>Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Lagos state governor and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday said he committed an accidental verbal mistake when he asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army in a bid to oust the insurgents and miscreants threatening the nations peace. <br> <br>In a statement issued by his media office, Tinubu said he meant 50,000 youths and not 50 million youths, which is about a quarter of Nigerias population.<br> <br>In his address at the 12 Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in Kano, Tinubu had said the insurgents and bandits are taking advantage of the high unemployment in the country and are recruiting the youths to indulge in their criminal activities.<br>He emphasized that the nation is under-policed, adding that drafting the youth into various national security agencies should not be based solely on educational qualification or literacy.<br><br>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, what they will eat cassava, corn, yam, will grow here.<br><br>However on Wednesday, the APC leader said what he canvassed for was engaging 5 million youths in all aspects of nation-building, ranging from infrastructural development to agricultural modernization, and recruitment of 50,000 youths into the military.<br><br>The full statement reads The 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium marking Asiwaju Bola Tinubus birthday was a well-attended event that focused on the important theme of national cohesion during these challenging times.<br> <br>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.<br> <br>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.<br><br>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.<br> <br>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.<br> <br>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. <br><br>He did not mean N50 million, which is almost a quarter of our total population.<br> <br>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.<br><br>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 todays stiffest challenges.<br><br>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.</blockquote><a href="https://www.independent.ng/50-million-youths-tinubu-begs-for-forgiveness-says-he-committed-accidental-verbal-mistake/">https://www.independent.ng/50-million-youths-tinubu-begs-for-forgiveness-says-he-committed-accidental-verbal-mistake/</a> Click here to read full news..