The president, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has been urged by a group operating under the banner of Northern Christian Youth Professionals to take into consideration hiring 185,000 young Nigerians as forest guards to defend residents from the feared Boko Haram.
The panel recommended that the president make this choice during his first six months in office.
The request comes just four days after Voice of America reported that northern Cameroon authorities had asked Nigeria and Chad for more troops to be sent to their shared border after learning that Boko Haram terrorists had killed no less than 12 people, including six soldiers, on Tuesday.
The decision was made during a crisis conference amid reports of a new wave of rebel attacks, military and government officials in the Central African state’s northern border with Nigeria said.
Evidence suggests that Boko Haram is still actively targeting villages, despite rumours that the terrorist group may have been weakened as a consequence of continual dislodging by forces of the Nigerian army and its Cameroonian counterpart near the northern borders.
A group of Arewa youngsters affiliated with Northern Christian Youth Professionals spoke with Eyewitness9ja about their fury at the emergence of the feared Boko Haram.
The group’s chairman, Isaac Abrak, begged President Bola Tinubu to take action to address the security issues plaguing the north, claiming that past experience has demonstrated that the military cannot quell insurgency on its own.
Therefore, Abrak encouraged the Federal Government to take into account hiring 185,000 youngsters to support the military’s efforts as part of its mission to create one million employment for Nigerians.
In order to protect our woods from the threats posed by Boko Haram, robbers, and other violent organisations, he stated, “We would want to underline your vow to revitalise the forest guards. We acknowledge the importance of this duty and the potential influence it might have on national security. The rejuvenated forest guards could hire and employ 175 000 young Nigerians in the first six months, fulfilling the promise of 1 million employment from the digital economy.
“Drawing from your experience as governor of Lagos State, where you successfully utilised mass youth employment through the establishment of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and your Vice President, Kashim Shettima’s instrumental role in establishing the Civilian Joint Task Force as governor in Borno, we have great confidence in your ability to make this ambitious plan a reality within the first six months of your administration.
“Congratulations on your inauguration as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. May the Lord grant you wisdom, strength, and divine guidance as you navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the positive changes your leadership will bring to our great nation.”