The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged Nigerian youth to quit complaining about bad governance, misdeeds of government and use their electoral power to effect the changes they desire.
Speaking in an interview aired on The Osasu Show, the King urged the youth to the president out at the next election if they are unhappy with him.
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Asked what government must do to better the lot of the Nigerian youth, the monarch said:
“Why must it be government, government? Who is the government? It is the people that are behind the government.
“If you are not happy with your president, you go for another election, and you will vote your president out. If you are happy with your president, you will continue with that government for them to be in power.
“Truth be told, we Nigerians don’t know our power yet. We don’t know our voting power, yet. Until we know it, we won’t stop complaining, especially the youth. Once we know it, we won’t complain again.
“My school of thought is let us, first of all, organise ourselves and let us talk positively about this country. Let us stop derogatory, hate speeches. Things that will continue to divide everybody further.”
The Ooni also advised against hate speech, division and projection of negative energy among countrymen.
“Truth be told, the youth don’t know their power yet. Fortunately, power belongs to the youth of Nigeria. Once they can get themselves together, that power belongs to them.
“So my advice to them is to stop hate speeches. They should stop being not focused. I understand the frustrations, I understand absolutely. I live all my life for the youth –every day of my life, I live it for the youth.
“My advice; 2019, they should vote right. Whoever that they think will do Nigeria justice, that will not divide us further, that will unite us further, and make us be a better nation, let us rally round that person.”
Speaking of his relationship with the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, the Ooni said he has no rift with the king but the media only “over-celebrated the situation”.
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Some months back the Lagos monarch was blasted for refusing to exchange pleasantries with his Ife counterpart, and this generated different reactions ( read story here)