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Tinubu Blames Slip Of Tongue For Saying Govt Should Recruit 50m Youth Into Army

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Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has said he never meant that the Federal Government should employ 50 million but 5 million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost the fight against terrorism, banditry and others.

He blamed the figure many have regarded as outrageous on a slip of the tongue.

Tinubu was caught in a viral video, [swipe left] counselling the Federal Government to employ “50 million youths” into the Nigerian Army in order to boost the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats confronting the nation.

He had made the faux pas on Monday during the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium to celebrate his 69th birthday.

However, Tinubu, who spoke through his media aide, Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday, said he meant the government should employ 5 million youths and not 50 million into the Army.

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“I Discourage Young People From Leaving The Country Because Abroad You Get Only 9-5 Jobs, But In Nigeria You Can Wake Up One Day And Become A Minister” — Rotimi Amaechi

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In his words; ‘’I have always discouraged those who want to leave the country. You can always get a 9-5 job when you leave the country but you can never get the opportunity you will get in Nigeria. You can just wake up one day and become a Minister in Nigeria, a governor. It just happens. I don’t know how this country operates. If you are looking for opportunities, please stay back in Nigeria”

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No Community Should Be Asked To Pay For Transformers, Cables, Poles -Minister Warns Discos

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“It is the responsibility of the distribution companies to provide transformers, cables and poles to communities so that power supply can improve.

“A situation where communities buy transformers, cables and poles must stop. I know that you have these centers but how effective are they to ensure that customer complaints are attended to?

“As a minister, I don’t want to hear news of communities being asked to purchase electric transformers, cables and poles. If the consumers are paying for the electricity, then it is the responsibility of the distribution companies to provide these items.

“There must be improvement in power supply. That is what the government planned to do. People should not pay for darkness. When people have a 24-hour power supply, they can pay double for electricity because you have saved them the money to power generators.

“We don’t want to hear the news of communities buying transformers, cables and poles for themselves again. The federal government frowns at it. You see what we have done in Kaduna. Service to our people is paramount. It is the responsibility that Mr. President has placed on us. You are not number one, two or three, you are struggling to be number four on the rating.” -Adebayo Adelabu, Power Minister At Meeting With IEDC Mgt

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BREAKING: Abba Yusuf remains duly elected governor of Kano, supreme court rules.

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