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Introduce stimulus for Nigerians, our unemployment rate is 33% and you want us to keep fasting – Tinubu tells Buhari’s government

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Leader and President Muhammadu Buhari

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that Nigerians are tired of fasting.

Tinubu who spoke at his 12th Colloquium held in commemoration of his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday, advised the Federal Government to introduce a stimulus package for Nigerians.

Speaking at the event with the theme, ‘Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: The Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity,’ Tinubu noted that the United States had released a stimulus package of $1.9trillion to its citizens, adding that Nigeria should do same for its citizens too.

“It is time to put stimulus in place. This is no time for austerity. I hope you listen carefully. This is not the time to constrain the economy. This is the time to create the opportunity.

“If you hear America spending $1.9tn and they are not looking back and they are still asking for $3tn for infrastructure and renewal and creating jobs and your own unemployment rate is 33 per cent and you ask us to keep on fasting. We are not fasting any more.

“We have been fasting for many years. I hope the National Assembly; I hope the President himself will not pay attention to austerity.”

Tinubu noted that the high rate of unemployment had made banditry and terrorism attractive to youths.

The APC National Leader asked the FG to recruit at least 50million youths into the Nigerian Army to boost Nigeria’s fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of internal and external security threats.

“We are under-policed and we are competing with armed robbers and bandits to recruit from the youths who are unemployed – 33 per cent unemployed?” Recruit 50 million youths into the army.”

Speaking about the statictics recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics that over 23million Nigerians are jobless, Tinubu said; “Don’t talk about illiteracy; anybody who can handle a gun, who can cock and shoot is technically competent to repair a tractor in the farm.”

He however commended very creative youths in Nigeria, saying that; “They are angry, they are showing their anger, but we will appeal to them.”

Tinubu vehemently rejected secessionists agitations, saying that he chose Kano State as the venue for his colloquium to prove to Nigerians that Yoruba and Fulani were united.

“Why are we in Kano? It is to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical time. It is because there is a Fulani man, a herder (man) who gave his daughter to a farmer, (a) Yoruba man… and some people are agitating wrongly.”

He further noted that if Nigeria disintegrates, he would not be able to visit Kano without a visa.

“I was encouraged to spend a couple of days with my brother and in-law in Kano and demonstrate that he has not quarrelled with me, he has not seceded from Nigeria, I didn’t need a passport or visa to get to Kano; maybe others will have peace of conscience, live in peace and harmony and be loving to one another. That is what Ganduje and I are showing to Nigerians and that is the purpose of this colloquium, end of story.”

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