The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has advocated that comprehensive social protection measures must be put in place to remove unemployed youths from the streets.

Tinubu gave the advice when he paid a solidarity visit on Monday to Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum over the massacre of rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents late last month.

The former Lagos State governor argued that social protection measures would help make unemployed youths unavailable to evildoers for recruitment.

His words: “We have to remove these unemployed youths from the streets, from being available for evildoers for recruitment.  Don’t tell me they are illiterates, anybody that can operate Keke NAPEP and do little repairs, anybody that can hold guns, dismantle guns and service it is no more an illiterate.”

Noting that the insurgence in the Northeast had festered for too long, he admonished the military to fashion out fresh strategies to end the killings in the zone, especially in Borno State.

He  said: “We have been on this (Boko Haram)  issue for some time, We have seen the reaction of the Federal Government and we have seen the reaction of the Armed Forces. This  is no longer a conventional warfare; this is more tactical and more reason.

“In such a situation, what we do is to re-plan our strategy. We have seen the governor has been attacked on more than one occasion in an effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty.  He has protected and will continue to protect him.”

The APC leader also stressed that the killings by insurgents were neither a doctrine of Islam nor of Christianity.

He said: “We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial and  brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood not only for themselves but for all of us, in the end,  they were slaughtered.

“That’s not a religion, it is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness. I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit, not as a condolence only, not a sympathy only, but as solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evildoers.”

Tinubu pointed out that under insurgency, governance would hardly excel because no leader would be able to concentrate and innovate