- Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, says it is now time for the youths to take over leadership positions
- Oba Ogunwusi commends the youths for ensuring the unity of the country through their activities
- He says the country does not belong to the leaders and elders
Top Yoruba monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has advised political leaders in Nigeria to go and have some rest and leave governance for youths who he claimed were the real owners of the country.
Oba Ogunwusi, who spoke on Tuesday, May 8, during the launch of a N100 million ‘Professional Chair’ and N10 billion endowment fund for the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) Agbarha-Otor, Delta state, also praised youths in the country for keeping the nation united through their activities.
“Youths of this nation owns this country. This country does not belong to the leaders and elders of this nation. Let the youths takeover, go and rest and rest very well.
“Very soon, the youths would start claiming what belongs to them as this country does not belong to anybody else except the youths.
“The youths of this country should please come and take charge. We should all come together and say enough is enough. You cannot tell us what we should be doing, we would tell you what we want you to do,” he said in a report by Vanguard.
Speaking to Nigerians who go abroad to invest despite making their money in their country, the Ooni said: “Stop making money in this land and continue to spend it outside the shores of this land. It is not good, it is not adding value to this nation, and it’s not making any impact in this nation.
“It is a big shame because you are not laying good example for the youths that owns this country. You spend the money that you are making outside the land that is blessing you. Let us believe in this country, we do not have any other country or anywhere to go.
“The land too has a spirit in it, stop causing the land, stop using your mouth to say negative things about the land. Give back to the land that is blessing you in everything you do so that your dynasty can be sustained.”
Meanwhile, Ooni Ogunwusi has called on all levels of government in the country to encourage cultural values in the country, as according to him, no nation grows without value for its cultural heritage.
The revered Yoruba monarch, who spoke when he visited the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli 1, urged Nigerians to contribute towards building a virile nation.
“Let us all work for the greatness of the country. My beautiful people of Itekiri kingdom, I am excited to be in your midst, in the midst of my people, one blood, one family.
“Ogiame is a peace-loving king, a very mature king, you will never see him angry on any issue. He is full of wisdom, compassion and authority, very innovative and very amiable and above all very loving king.
“I thank God for all he is using him to do in Warri. He is someone I have tremendous respect for. We can’t grow any country, nation without our heritage, the day we put our tradition first we now start being serious as a nation. Let us uphold our rich culture and tradition. It is what we have to give to the world,” he said.
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Speaking earlier, Goodie Ibru, who stood as father of the day, said: “I am assured that the visit of his imperial majesty, will further encourage our youths to aspire to greater heights as he has already inspired millions of young people in Nigeria and across the Atlantic.
“Today’s historic visit to MCIU, will further cement the special relationship this university and the Urhobo kingdom enjoys with the Oduduwa kingdom as this special relationship, will strengthen our core values and preserve our cultures.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 5, said more than 60 percent of Nigerians that fall into the age category of youths deserve to inherit a stable and prosperous country that they can be proud of.
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