Ooni hosts Emir of Kano, urges youth empowerment

Ooni hosts Emir of Kano, urges youth empowerment

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Wednesday hosted the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero, in his palace, with a call on government and other stakeholders to prioritise youth empowerment efforts.

While welcoming the Emir to his Ile Oodua palace in Ile-Ife, the Ooni described youths as the pillar of the country, stressing that they needed to be taken good care of.

According to him, government and stakeholders, especially traditional rulers, should collaborate to ensure capacity building for the youth so as to create a greater future for the country.

“Let us surrender ourselves to the youth because they own this country; they are the future that we have to build today.

“Let us train and re-train them and we shall all be better for it. We don’t have to wait for the government; let us do our best individually and it shall be well with this country,” he said.

Ogunwusi recalled the age-old relationship existing between the Kano emirate and the Ife kingdom, expressing happiness that it had been a mutually-beneficial one.

“I am happy that the new emir, who, by far, is not a stranger to this palace, has agreed that we uphold the heritage of our forefathers.

“My predecessor, the late emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and the Obi of Onitsha used to be good friends and it is the friendship that we are all enjoying today.

“That was why we were all scared about the transition that occurred in Kano the other time because we knew there would be trouble in Nigeria if there was any trouble in Kano. But we thank God that it all went peacefully,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Emir thanked the Ooni for providing great leadership for the Ife kingdom and the country at large.

He noted that a new channel of deepening cultural understanding between Yoruba people and their counterparts in the northern part of the country would be created to enhance national unity and development.

“Your Majesty will recall our recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, led by you and the Sultan, where the issue of the Nigerian youth was at the centre of our deliberations.

“I wish to use this opportunity to suggest a cross-exchange of ideas about new ways of tackling the issue of education, employment and social development among our youths.

“I believe that it is through this cross-fertilisation of ideas that new solutions to the contemporary challenges will be found,” Ado-Bayero said.

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