Ooni: ‘We have no reason not to develop as a nation’


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi says Nigeria has no business being tagged with its present status of ‘developing nation’ if citizens were made to believe in the country and equally consume local products.


Oba Ogunwusi who spoke in Ado Ekiti at the official flag off of the park at the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) said Nigeria seems to be sitting on a keg of gun powder by the way the population was growing very fast.


“We are producing graduates yearly without opportunities for jobs, this is dangerous.


“Virtually all Nigerians now patronise foreign goods including clothing materials, and the food we eat. As we are seated here, if we examine ourselves closely, we will realise that over 80 per cent of us had either eaten foreign food this morning or presently wearing foreign clothes.


“We don’t produce as we consume. It is high time we started using home made goods, and encouraging our youth to believe in our country. “We have no reason not to develop industrially in Nigeria. We have the labour in abundance, both skilled and unskilled, but we have failed to realise that a nation can only grow when it takes care of its consumption, production and investment, where Nigeria has failed,” he said.


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