Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has said if Nigerian youths were not happy with government, they should vote it out in the next election.
He also cautioned them against hate speech, division and projection of negative energy.
With a tinge of regret, the Ooni who spoke in an interview aired on The Osasu Show, said youths were yet to fathom how powerful they were in the scheme of things.
He charged them to stop complaining about the misdeeds of government and take concrete actions that would impact their lives positively.
When asked what government must do to better the lot of the Nigerian youth, the monarch declared: “Why must it be government, government? Who is government? It is the people that are behind the government.
“If you are not happy with your president, you go for another election, and you will vote your president out. If you are happy with your president, you will continue with that government for them to be in power.
“Truth be told, we Nigerians don’t know our power yet. We don’t know our voting power, yet. Until we know it, we won’t stop complaining, especially the youth. Once we know it, we won’t complain again.
“My school of thought is let us, first of all, organise ourselves and let us talk positively about this country. Let us stop derogatory, hate speeches. Things that will continue to divide everybody further.
“Truth be told, the youth don’t know their power yet. Fortunately, power belongs to the youth of Nigeria. Once they can get themselves together, that power belongs to them,” he said.
“So, my advice to them is to stop hate speeches. They should stop being not focused. I understand the frustrations, I understand absolutely. I live all my life for the youth –every day of my life, I live it for the youth.
“My advice; 2019, they should vote right. Whoever that they think will do Nigeria justice, that will not divide us further, that will unite us further, and make us be a better nation, let us rally round that person.”