OrderPaperToday- Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has pledged his support to the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The Ooni who stated this when he visited Saraki in his Abuja residence said it was time for leaders at all levels to rekindle the hope of youths in the country.

“We are behind you, we are watching you and we are actually looking forward to you – the entire youth of this country. Please keep making us proud in things that are supposed to be done appropriately, in terms of making provision and guiding the interests of the youth.

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“Please, work towards that because a lot of youths in this country do not have hope one way or the other in terms of their pursuits. We need to renew their hope – they are very energetic. There are so many things they (youths) can do. So I am imploring you,” he said.

He added that he was specifically touched by Saraki’s statement of the Senate President immediately he was announced as the new Ooni-elect and promised that his present exalted office as the Ooni of Ife would not make him forget his primary constituency who are the youths of this country.

The traditional ruler 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 for 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,” he said.

The Ooni added that God brought him to the position by His will and as such he (Ooni) would never forget where he was coming from and as such will remain connected to the youths.

He further supported the President and the entire Senate on all good laws that would be made by the legislature

“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.

Meanwhile, Saraki while welcoming the Kabiyesi to his abode, described the Ooni 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.

“I am sure that under your tenure, we will see a great development in Yorubaland in particular, in Nigeria at large and of course you immediate domain, Ile-Ife. For me, it is double joy, 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,” he said.



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