Nigeria competing with bandits to recruit jobless youths, says Tinubu

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• Eminent citizens advocate national rebirth, inter-ethnic equity

The annual Tinubu Colloquium, 12th in its series, to mark the 69th birthday of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), lived up to its reputation yesterday to make some inquest into national conversation and evoke frank discourse on the state of the nation.

The colloquium held in Kano, was themed: ‘‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity.’’ The event was virtually attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who chaired the occasion and restated the essence of a one Nigeria.

The colloquium was also virtually attended by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; amongst others, whose itineraries were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport. The colloquium was conceived by Prof. Osinbajo as a platform to celebrate the former Lagos State governor popularly called Jagaban and has held every year since 2009, except last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic


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National Leader, All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (left); Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni and former National Chairman, APC, Chief Bisi Akande at the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Kano…yesterday.

• Nigerians better off together, says Buhari
• Eminent citizens advocate national rebirth, inter-ethnic equity

The annual Tinubu Colloquium, 12th in its series, to mark the 69th birthday of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), lived up to its reputation yesterday to make some inquest into national conversation and evoke frank discourse on the state of the nation.

The colloquium held in Kano, was themed: ‘‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity.’’ The event was virtually attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who chaired the occasion and restated the essence of a one Nigeria.

The colloquium was also virtually attended by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; amongst others, whose itineraries were disrupted by poor weather from the Abuja airport to the Kano airport. The colloquium was conceived by Prof. Osinbajo as a platform to celebrate the former Lagos State governor popularly called Jagaban and has held every year since 2009, except last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

After missing out last year due to the lockdown on major cities in the country, yesterday’s colloquium was another moment of soul-searching for the ruling party as its bigwigs rendered torrents of accolades for its convener.

Amidst the din of tributes, Tinubu cautioned the Federal Government against inflicting stiffer economic policies on Nigerians, stating that citizens were already going through devastating pressure occasioned by the administration’s economic management.

Tinubu said: “What Nigerians need is economic stimulus and not austerity measures capable of driving Nigerians deeper into poverty.”

Asiwaju, who lamented the country’s unemployment rate, which stood at 33 per cent, said the country is competing with bandits to recruit unemployed youths, while he proposed immediate recruitment of 50 million youth to fill the acute shortage in the military and police.

The former governor of Lagos State said: “Nigeria is under-policed. We are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed. Nigeria’s unemployment rate recently hit a new record high at 33.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“With the high unemployment rate, some have feared that many youths who are out of jobs might turn to social vices and ills including banditry in northern parts of the country. It is time for the Buhari administration to address the situation so as to improve the standard of living of the citizens. Something must be urgently done to salvage the country.

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