by Kayode Idowu
Members of the Youth Vigilante group, popularly called Civilian JTF, who have been involved in repelling the Boko Haram insurgents from taking over most part of Borno State, may be enlisted into the military and paramilitary agencies if the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), is elected as president on February 14.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri, the APC candidate for the House of Representatives, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council Federal Constituency, Alhaji Abdulkadiri Rahis, said this in an interview with journalists in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
Rahis said a Buhari-led Federal Government would not dismiss the sacrifice of the youths, who have put their lives at risks to protect others.
He said, “All members of the Youths Volunteer Group, popularly known as the Civilian JTF in Maiduguri city and other parts of Borno State, will be recruited into the military and other para-military services of the country if General Muhammadu Buhari becomes the President of Nigeria.
“No meaningful government will shy away from engaging these youths that have sacrificed their lives, left their families, mobilised to protect Maiduguri and every part of Borno State against the insurgents, who have heartlessly terrorised innocent lives and destroyed public and private property.
“I don’t think there is any government or person that will accept such wanton destruction and brutal killings for nothing sake. This is one of the reasons I have decided to join politics to actualise my vision and mission that even a poor child can rule and govern.
“If I am elected into the lower chamber of the National Assembly, I will ensure that all the teeming youths in my constituency are gainfully employed; we will engage them in various entrepreneurship ventures in collaboration with the federal and state governments.”