Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on Wednesday, called for the replacement of reality TV show Big Brother Naija.
Playing host to youths under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun to mark the International Youth Day, the Ooni criticised the reality show, saying it has been misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youth.
The monarch described the youth as the country’s untapped immeasurable wealth and resources.
He said: “Nigerian youth are found 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 youth are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.
“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Nigerians Youths!! Nigerians Youths!!!
“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laugh and move on. What kind of nation are we building? He asked.
Speaking further, the monarch offered a suggestion for a reality show which will project the country’s values, cultures and traditions.
He urged leaders of the National Youth Council of Nigeria to work out plans on the show, which will be called, “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.
“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals and others across several field 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 added.