The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi has called out Nigerian leaders to empower the youths stating that they are hungry and angry.
According to the monarch, he has designed plans to empower at least 5,000 youths. While making regards to the civil unrest that occurred previously, he cautioned his fellow leaders to realize that it is unwise to keep money in the bank while the needy remains poor.
The monarch disclosed this during the commencement of his fifth year coronation anniversary and graduation of Ojaja II Fashion Training Institute (OFTI) students in Ile-Ife.
Making his statement, he said;
“IN LINE WITH THE CELEBRATION OF MY 5TH YEAR ON THE THRONE, I HAVE MAPPED OUT PLANS TO EMPOWER 5,000 YOUTHS TO BE FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND BE ABLE TO FEED OTHERS.I HEREBY CALL ON NIGERIAN LEADERS, POLITICAL, TRADITIONAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO KNOW THAT IT IS NOW A NECESSITY TO EMPOWER THE YOUTHS. OUT OF OUR EARNINGS, LET US DEDICATE PART TO THE EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTHS IN OUR AREAS. WE MUST CONSIDER THIS AS A NECESSITY AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ON A REGULAR BASIS.
WE JUST HAD A SAMPLE OF YOUTH RESTIVENESS AND IT SHOULD BE A LESSON TO ALL OF US THAT NOBODY CAN HANDLE THEIR ANGER, SO IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT WE KNOW THAT IT IS UNWISE TO KEEP MONEY IN THE BANK WHILE THE NEEDY CONTINUE TO WALLOW IN POVERTY.
WE WERE WITH PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI TWO WEEKS AGO AND THE ISSUE WAS DISCUSSED AND WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. WE HAVE ROLES TO PLAY, WE ARE NOT COMPETING WITH THEM AND I BELIEVE THAT WE SHALL GET THERE.”