- Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has clarified his comment at his birthday lecture in Kano state
- At the lecture, Tinubu called on the government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army
- The former Lagos state governor was giving his recommendations on how the government can tackle insecurity in the country
Former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that he made an error while calling for more youths to be drafted into the Nigerian Army as a way to tackle Nigeria's security challenges.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Tunde Rahaman, and seen by Legit.ng, Tinubu said his intended recommendation was to have fifty thousand (50,000) youths recruited into various national security agencies and not 50 million as he said.
Part of the statement read:
“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. He did not mean N50 million, which is almost a quarter of our total population.”
The comments by Tinubu had set social media on fire with many saying even the world powers don't have up to 50 million personnel in their army.
Senator Shehu Sani also commented on the issue wondering why Tinubu should be calling for the recruitment of 50 million soldiers, stressing that the federal government is grappling to pay salaries of 150,000 soldiers in its employ.
Meanwhile, discrepancies in the Wikipedia page of Tinubu stirred huge reactions on social media recently.
The actual age of the former Lagos state governor was a subject of debate on social media with many calling attention to the number of times the page has been edited.
In a related development, Tinubu has revealed that the choice of Kano state as a venue for his birthday lecture was to establish the fact that the Fulanis and Yoruba people can co-exist in love and peace.
The respected politician said his choice of Kano as a celebration venue stems from a longing to unite the two ethnic groups.