Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has condemned the prominent Big Brother Naija reality show which he said has been misrepresenting the virtues of Nigerian youths.
Oba Ogunwusi condemned the reality show while playing host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Ile-Ife.
The monarch who described youths as the country’s untapped immeasurable wealth lamented that the youth have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.
While suggesting a reality show which will project the country’s values, he charged leaders of the National Youth Council of Nigeria to work out plans on the show which will be called, “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.
“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak. This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models.”
“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.”
Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare who was represented by Dr. Mariam Abdullahi; Director of the Minister’s MSD, explained that youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.
“The digital literacy and skill acquisition, entrepreneurship, employability and leadership initiative of the Ministry are ongoing and all geared towards the development of our youths. As a government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity.” The Minister assured.
On his part, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Yemi Lawal who represented the State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola explained that the youths have a lot to learn from the elders towards reaching their goals.
“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings.”
In his address, the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.
“Your Imperial Youthfulness as you told us to address you, we are indeed happy and proud to have you as a father and mentor. We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action” Sukubo stated.
The youths awarded Oba Ogunwusi as the ‘Royal Father of Nigerian Youths’, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.