-Former senator Shehu Sani has condemned the call for the recruitment of 50 million soldiers
- Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, had urged the Nigerian government to recruit more soldiers to strengthen the security architecture of the country
- Sani, however, said that the call was not in tandem with the reality on the ground in Nigeria
Barely twenty-four hours after the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, advised the federal government to recruit 50 million soldiers to stem the tide of insecurity in the country, former senator Shehu Sani has reacted.
Legit.ng reports that Sani, who represented Kaduna Central during the eighth National Assembly, wondered why Tinubu should be calling for the recruitment of 50 million soldiers when the federal government is grappling to pay salaries of 150 thousand soldiers.
In a post shared on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, March 30, the senator asked:
"If we have not been able to adequately cater for our 150k soldiers, how do we handle and cater for 50 million armed soldiers on our payroll?"
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that said that Nigeria is competing with bandits to recruit unemployed youths.
It was reported that while speaking at the colloquium to mark his 69th birthday on Monday, March 29, the former governor of Lagos also said Nigeria is under-policed while grappling with a high rate of unemployment.
Tinubu, however, asked the federal government to recruit at least 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army.
The former governor of Lagos state said taking the step would boost Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and insecurity.
In another report, Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly on Monday, March 29, said Tinubu is one of the blessings God has endowed Nigeria with.
Obasa made the declaration in a congratulatory message to the APC leader who clocked 69, describing him as a political mathematician.
The speaker said Tinubu's ability to solve equations with deftness and sagacity has resulted in major successes including the presidential elections of 2015 and 2019 recorded by Nigeria.
He also commended the APC chieftains' intelligent contributions and advice to the country's government at intervals, especially at periods when solutions are needed to resolve biting national challenges.