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The Yewa North Patriotic Forum, YNPF, has described the request made by the national leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed that 50 millions Nigerian youths should be recruit into Nigeria Army as unrealistic.
The Forum in a statement by his president, Com. Sanni Omobolaji lamented that the demand by the former Lagos state governor came as rude shock.
Omobolaji noted that China which reportedly has the largest army had a total of 2. 034 million soldiers out of over a billion citizens.
The YNPF president stressed that Tinubu alongside other politicians are only interested in politics and not the lives of people lost on a daily basis
He further said, “our attention has been called to a statement credited to the former Lagos state Governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, calling on the federal government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian army plus the already existing ones.
“This came to us as a rude shock as this poses a question of whether Tinubu is still in tune with the current realities.
“it is important to remind Tinubu that the largest army in the world is that of China, with a total of 2. 034 million soldiers out of over a billion citizens.
“India follows with 1.445 million military personnel, the United state with 1.3 million, North Korea with about 1.3million, Russia 900 million and this continues in descending order. (Wikipedia 2019)
“How then could a well exposed person such as Tinubu ask the government of a country claiming 200 million as its population to recruit 50 million solders added to the already reportedly existing 135,000 soldiers??
“This leaves little to desire from a person who is believed to be gunning for the Presidential seat.
“This statement shows us clearly that this set of leaders are only interested in politics and not the lives of people lost on a daily basis. Meanwhile, when the times comes their children will be hidden instead of leading the fight or picking the Nigerian army form as the first candidates.
“A number of our people have been gruesomely killed lately in the Yewa area of Ogun state but despite his claim to be a Yoruba leader and a leader amongst the progressives, Tinubu neither visited nor empathised with us, instead, he went to Kano to make a bogus statement, gave them 50 million and as well politicize our collective security by asking for an unrealistic thing from the federal government.
“But the yet to be answered question is; Why did Tinubu say that ? Maybe he is trying to trade his people for political clout in the eye of the Kano people or He is never bordered about the security challenges in the country instead 2023 remains the bone of contention. This remain our thought until Tinubu says otherwise.
“Our people were roasted here in Yewa, you didn’t visit, you then gave out money for a burnt market.”