Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has called on leaders at all levels to rekindle the hope of youths in the country by making them comfortable in their pursuits.
Oba Ogunwusi who spoke during his visit to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in Abuja on Wednesday, urged the number three citizen to keep making the youths proud as both himself and the younger generation would continue to look forward to him.
The monarch, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, said he visited Saraki to “give honour to whom honour is due.”
He said his present exalted office as the Ooni of Ife would not make him forget his primary constituency who are the youths of this country. He said the visit was memorable to him and the Nigerian youths.
He said he was in the house of the Senate President with the message of unity and peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of region, tribe or religion.
“Today is actually another memorable day for me and entire youths of this country. For every leadership, there is always a followership. A leader cannot emerge without followers. As a result we have to give honour to whom honour is due.
“It is a great honour today that I am here to come and respect the office of our amiable Senate President because the entire country is obviously looking up to our leaders. I am here today to preach peace and unity of our dear country.
“It is very important to us and the teaming youth of this country which constitute well over 70 per cent of the entire populace. We need to renew their hope. We need to give them a lot of comfort.
“Like I said earlier on, God actually brought me to this exalted position not by my power nor by my might, as a result I should never forget where I am coming from. I will forever be connected to the teaming youth.
“I am here today to pay respect to our Senate President and to give him support in terms of all the good things that we focus on and that will come out of the upper chamber in Nigeria. I always preach positivity in everything that I do. I focus on the good side of things in life irrespective of any situation you find yourself, it is one nation, it is one Nigeria irrespective of whether one is from the North or the South.
“Our peaceful co-existence is of paramount importance to us and we need to join hands in order to make progress in this country,” he said.
Oba Ogunwusi said the youths of this country will continue to look up to the Senate President to help them live a better life.
Saraki, while welcoming the Ooni, described him as a “man of our generation” and said he will continue to support the monarch in whatever way possible to succeed in his present assignment as a royal father.
“It is truly a great honour for you to come and visit me. I am truly honoured by your visit. I use this opportunity on behalf of myself, my family and the entire 8th Senate – I know we sent a delegation to your coronation – to once again congratulate you and pray that Almighty Allah continue to give you long life and wisdom.
“I am sure that under your tenure, we will see a great development in Yorubaland in particular, in Nigeria at large and of course your immediate domain, Ile-Ife. For me, it is double joy. Let me say that Kabiyesi is a man of our generation and I know that this mantle of leadership is the beginning of a journey and you will serve many years in redefining this great country.
“We are here to support you to ensure that at any given time we are there. Any time you want us we shall be there in whatever manner. Once again, I thank you for this great honour you have done to me personally. I will always continue to remember this day”, Saraki said

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