The Ooni of Ife His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has unveiled Moremi Statue of Liberty, which is the tallest in Nigeria.
Ooni Ogunwusi dedicated the 42feets statue, which is not only the tallest in Nigeria but the third tallest in Africa, to the economic liberation of African youth.
This is as he admonished the governments across the continent of Africa on the adequate and meaningful engagement of the youths in the nation building.
The historic unveiling event, which was witnessed by over five thousand youths from all over Nigeria, took place Monday evening at the new world class heritage site.
The site was constructed 100 percent endogenously by the youths right inside the compound where ‘the heroine of liberty’ lived thousands of years ago.
While extolling the virtues of Moremi Ajasoro, Ooni Ogunwusi described the youths as the greatest accessories for the development of any nation that must be given first priority by the various African governments.
He also lamented the redundancy of the youths caused by the over patronage of the foreign goods and services.
He said, “Nigerian and African youths are naturally endowed, and with the level of their education or training undergone, they are the materials needed to develop this country and the continent of Africa.
“It surprises me that our governments across Africa still encourage capital flights by always giving the jobs to the foreigners at the expense of our youths several of whom are more qualified and competent to do the jobs”
“I am proud to say that this project is the first of its kind to be 100% indigenously constructed, all of them numbering about 200 are youths and all the materials used were sourced locally traceable to all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
“I want to stress that Nigeria has manpower that can create, construct, and build standard and original goods, I therefore appeal to the governments in Africa to empower them and give them the chance to display their capacities”.
The African foremost monarch described Moremi as the mother of liberty in the world, saying that the Ile-Ife queen played a pivotal role in the liberation of mankind.
“She has successfully established the legacy of what a man can do, a woman can do better. Her influence cuts across the world, especially in America where her spirit of liberty was greatly considered while building their statue of liberty. Our own Moremi Ajasoro indeed brought the spirit of freedom to life,” Ooni Ogunwusi added.