Richard Ginika Izuora
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Saturday, November 15, has attributed the violent protest by Nigerian youths to hunger and lack of empowerment.
He stated this in a statement issued by the Ooni’s palace spokesman, Moses Olafare.
The Ooni made this assertion during the second graduation of students of the Ojaja II Fashion Training Institute; which was part of the commemoration of his fifth coronation anniversary.
According to the Monarch, the way to cushion the anger among the youths was to empower them.
“The youths are angry because they are hungry and the way to get them out of this anger is to continue to empower them. In line with the celebration of my fifth year on the throne, I’ve mapped out plans to empower 5,000 youths to be financially independent and to feed others.
“I hereby call on Nigerian leaders either in politics, traditional or religious to know that it is now a necessity to empower the youth. Out of our earnings, let us dedicate part to the empowerment of youths in our areas. We must consider this a necessity and what should be done on a regular basis.
“We have 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 we knew that it is stupidity to keep monies in the bank; while the needy continue to wallow in poverty,” the Ooni said.