By Chinenye Festus:-
Nigerian monarch, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, spoke during the recently held International Youth’s day. The Oba was deeply concerned that Nigerians preferred to vote on BBNaija rather than during the general election.
He said: “Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders. Stop abusing them. Contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.
“In the last general election, the total number of votes cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.
This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.
“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerian Youths! Nigerian Youths!! Nigerians Youths!!!
“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building? When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?”
According to him, the reality show ‘misrepresents the goodness and integrity of Nigerian youths’ and he called for another show that he feels will be more beneficial.
During his speech, the Ooni of Ife compared to how millions of youths vote during BBNaija to how they do during the general elections. Oba Adeyeye then suggested a show that will project our value and tradition as Nigerians and suggested that it be called “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.
He also spoke on how youths prefer to comment on sexual things that happened during the show on social media rather than on topics about how to bring development to the country.