Insurgency: Egwu calls for massive recruitment into armed forces

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Former Governor of Ebonyi, Dr Sam Egwu, yesterday in Ezzambo called on the Federal Government to recruit the teeming unemployed graduates in the country into the Nigerian armed forces.

Egwu, who is the leader of the Ebonyi delegates to the ongoing National Conference, told newsmen at his Ezzambo hometown that this would help in addressing the country’s security challenges.

“The recruitment of youths into the military will also help in tackling the high level of unemployment in the country,’’ the former governor said.

He also said President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of the international community’s offer of security assistance in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency was a welcome development.

“It will help in the rescue of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno because both short term and long term approaches are needed to check insecurity in the country.

“The short term approach, which the President has adopted, was to make countries which have overcome similar situation or have the technology to handle it assist Nigeria in salvaging the situation.

“The long term approach involves the realisation by the authorities that the foreign security experts would eventually leave and Nigeria is expected to take measures in permanently ending the insurgency.

“This can be achieved through the acquisition of modern technology required in warfare and the massive employment of youths in the Nigerian Army,” Egwu said.(NAN)

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