Governments, rich elites to blame for Nigeria’s woes, says Olanipekun

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, presenting a gift to his host, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) during the monarch’s private visit the legal icon at the latter’s Ikere-Ekiti home. With them is the eminent lawyer’s wife, Princess Omolara Olanipekun.

*Ooni honours legal icon
A senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun has blamed governments at all levels and powerful elites for the country’s problems as exposed by the slave trade involving Nigerian youths migrating through Libya to Europe for greener pastures.

The senior lawyer spoke in Ikere Ekiti at the weekend when the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi commissioned the newly built Hall of Fame at the Palace of Ogoga, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado.

He said that the youths felt they should just leave the country because there is nobody to address their fate, concern and their tomorrow, adding that, there is really nothing in Libya to attract Nigerian youth.

Olanipekun said that successful Nigerians are greedy and selfish. He went on: “We care less about what happen to our youths. We only think about ourselves. We must empathise with them and help them.

“When I was in the university of Lagos in the 70’s, I had over six job offers as a fresh graduate who had not attended the law school. Life was good. But today, nobody sympathized or empathized with the youths, they were abandoned to their own fates.

“Government on its part muzzles the private sector. They did not encourage the private sector to blossom. How many people can government employ? Because the government muzzle the sector, that is why its growth is stunted.

“That is also why it can’t complement government efforts at creating employment. In fact, I don’t know how to describe our economy, it is so narrow and monolithic.

“If we don’t take care of our youths, empathise with them and create a tomorrow for them, then we are inadvertently planting a revolution for tomorrow.”

The Ooni who honoured the legal icon, also commissioned the Hall of Fame, saying the museum was to protect the historical
heritage of Ikere town and serve as a veritable ground for learning and research.

The hall consists of six departments including the historical museum, royal court, brave men of oath, Ikere from another town, pioneers and the town’s legends in history.

The museum would have ICT system and audio gadgets that would link it to some other museums in America and the United Kingdom.

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