Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni has urged young people to join the security forces to reduce the state’s high unemployment.
Buni gave the charge as he hosted Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) cadets in Damaturu on Saturday.
He said joining the army, police and other sister organizations would complement the government’s efforts to ensure peace, security and poverty reduction.
The governor directed local government council presidents and community leaders to encourage grassroots youth to ensure the state has the right number of men and women in its security agencies.
Buni said parents and other well-meaning Nigerians had a responsibility to also motivate sincere citizens to apply for jobs in the security services.
He said that by motivating well-educated and sincere youth to join the army and police force, the country would be on track to have the number of men and women needed for an efficient army and police force.
“The military and police are indispensable to a peaceful and growing country determined to have effective internal security.
“We must continually encourage our youth in our communities to join the military, police and other security forces.
“We need to come together as a community to ensure that our young people, whether college graduates or college graduates, are encouraged to join the military and police.
“We may not realize how important it is to encourage them to join the police and other armed forces until we all retire,” he said.
Buni promised that his government would continue to do its best to support and encourage young people to join security gear.
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