The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II was on Wednesday honored with an award of Royal Father Of The Nigerian Youths in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country, as he gathered Nigerian youths to celebrate and commemorate the 2020 International Youth Day.
Ooni Ogunwusi who played host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN), described the youths as the country’s untapped immeasurable wealth.
Angered by the low participation of the country’s teeming youths in leadership, the Ooni lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.
Among other things, the Ooni condemned the prominent Big Brother Naija reality show which he said has been misrepresenting the goodness of the Nigerian youths.
“Nigerian youths are found of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them and do your bits. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like real leaders that we are.
“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast is around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother 9ija reality show. This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lies as Nigerians
“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Nigerians Youths!! Nigerians Youths!!!
“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?
“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” The Ooni queried.