With few exceptions, legal luminary, Femi Falana, has described most of those that have been privileged to govern Nigeria as as her worst enemies.
Falana spoke in Ile Ife during a symposium organised to mark 43rd birthday of Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, held at Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
He alleged many of those that have led the country of engaging in stealing of the nation’s common patrimony, thus inhibiting human capacities development and spreading poverty.
“Our leaders since 1960 are the enemies of our people. But, the future is for the youth and they have to work in synergy with advocates of youth emancipation in the country to guarantee the socio-economic growth of Nigeria,” Falana said.
He commended Ooni for lending support to the calls by those in support of restructuring of the country, adding that: “the global peace through Ooni’s trip across the globe, within the time he ascended the throne of his forefather and restoration of peace, unity and cooperation among South West monarchs are commendable development.
“Ooni is not in the league of monarchs rulers chasing contracts in the corridor of power thus exposing traditional institution to public opprobrium when such contracts were not executed.
“Oba Ogunwusi empowerment programmes have greatly given hope and renewed faith to some youths. We need to help Africa and its youths to grow their capacities.
“In 2020, some countries are perfecting strategies to end dependence on oil. We need to explore technological innovations to prepare for the economic survival of the nation. We can’t blame God for making our case so uncomfortable”.
In his remarks, Oba Ogunwusi promised to always pursue agenda that will benefit youths and urged them to seized the initiative and lead well whenever opportunity is given to them.
BOLA BAMIGBOLA, Osogbo