The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has suggested a replacement for the Big Brother Naija reality show while playing host to members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun.
He said the reality show was “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.
As a replacement, he suggested that a new show could be tagged “The Big Nigeria Reality Show” that projects the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.
“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields 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,” Ooni said.
The Ooni of Ife stressed the need for youths participation in leadership. He also lamented Nigerian youths misplaced priorities and urged them to redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.
A statement from the Ooni’s media aide, Moses Olafare, quoted the monarch as saying, “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 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.
“When people 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?”
The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for his unthinkable warm reception for the youths.
The youths at the occasion pronounced Ooni Ogunwusi of Ife the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.