Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has criticized the ongoing reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, and has called for its replacement, saying it misrepresents the goodness and integrity of youths.
Speaking during the celebration of International Youth Day on Wednesday, August 12 at his palace, the monarch said “Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders. Stop abusing them and 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 vote 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. Nigerians Youths! Nigerians Youths!! Nigerians Youths!!!
He added, “Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and move 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?”
He urged leaders of the National Youth Council of Nigeria to work out plans on the show, which will be called, “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.
“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.
This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” the monarch advised.
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