New Year: See Yourselves As Leaders Of Today, Ooni Tells Youth

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Ooni of Ife

*says pray for Yusuf Buhari

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Ooni of Ife and Co- Chairman of National Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria, Oba  Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has urged  Nigerian youths to start seeing themselves as leaders of today and get more actively involved in efforts of moving Nigeria  forward.

The royal father who stated this in his  2018 new year message made available to newsmen by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare also prayed for a speedy recovery for the ailing  son of President Muhammadu Buhari, Yusuf.

Ooni Ogunwusi pointed out that the time has come for Nigerian youths to reject the common saying that youths are the “leaders of tomorrow” considering the fact that youths are taking over leadership globally

“The Nigerian youths must free themselves from the cloak “leaders of tomorrow Youths are taking over Public leadership all over the world and Nigeria must not be in exception, but the truth is that the field can not just be easily vacated by the elders. The Nigerian youths themselves must begin to get more active especially in politics should they want to really be taken serious” he said.

The Ooni emphasized that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada is 45, Emmanuel Macron of France is 40, Kim Jong Un of North Korea is 35, Jacinda Ardem of New Zealand is 37 while the Prime Minister of Estonia, Juri Ratas is just 39.”

“It is thus very saddening to see Nigerians even in their 40s and 50s still contesting for youth leadership in their various political parties and always begging to for adequate involvement in the public positions of authority when they should rather see themselves as an unavoidable power block for the stability and sustainability of the Nigeria economically and politically”.

Ooni Ogunwusi then charged  Christians in Nigeria to always emulate Jesus Christ in their coexistence with members of other religious doctrines, saying Jesus leaved an exemplary life of tolerance, peace, love and forgive.

On Yisuf Buhari, Ooni Ogunwusi sympathized with President Muhammadu Buhari and his  family over the recent involvement of his son in a motorbike accident in Abuja, saying, ” I share the feelings of Mr President and family at this moment in respect of the health situation of their son who had motorbike accident recently.”

” May the Almighty God grant Yusuff Buhari quickest recovery and continue to uphold Mr President as he leads Nigerians into the new year 2018 which is going to be a year of gargantuan restoration for our dear country “

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