The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that the cause of youth restiveness is deficiencies in the society, blaming it for the rising wave of agitations in the country.

The traditional ruler who has been in the vanguard of the empowerment of young ones said anger behind groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers and Movement for actualisation of the Sovereign of Biafra are borne out of the failure of the existing system to cater for their well-being.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a conference organised by All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) tagged, “the youth diversity conference 2016,” Oba Enitan said it is high time Nigerians realise that the strength of the nation is in her youths and in the diversity of her culture.

The traditional ruler said, “It is frustration that has led them (youths) to do what they are doing. They cannot fish in their water, they cannot farm on their land, yet nearby people are taking billions from oil. The people are peaceful people.

“We need to appease them. It’s difficult to build but it’s very easy to destroy. Look at the history of Nigeria politically and economically, its been very peaceful, the people of the South-South have been very peaceful.

“Look at the people of the South-East of this country; very wonderful people. We know they cannot stay in one place, they are driven by commerce, they are driven by activities moving all over the country, you found them everywhere and that is one of their greatest strength.”

Ooni decried the high level of blame game going on in the country, saying “if we continue to deceive ourselves that help will come from Europe or China, we are deceiving ourselves. Our help is with us already, the youths are the solution to our challenges. Let us talk less of our challenges but emphasis on our strengths.”

Speaking on the topic managing diversity, tolerance and respect in religion, one of the invited speakers, Nurudeen Lemu, said any community that has witnessed conflict in the past tend to witness it again unless there is social justice.

While calling on Nigerians to be tolerant of each other, Lemu said “as human we should always stand for justice” adding that religion can be corrupted by bringing it to the way of life.

One of the guest speakers at the forum, a catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ojaje Idoko thrilled the audience with his analysis of the exploitation perpetrated by the fes Nigerian elite against the impoverished citizens. According to the priest, most of the religious crises happen in the poor neighborhoods due to hardship, ignorance and frustrations the people are made to face.

Earlier, the chairman of the forum and a BOT member of the APC, Ismail Hammed, said the conference was organized to prepare the mindset youths for the positions of leadership.

 

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