By Lateef Dada
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has called on the federal government to make education compulsory and free in both public primary and secondary schools throughout the federation.
He made the call at Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) during the Ooni Ogunwusi Annual International Leadership Symposium yesterday.
Speaking on the theme: “Taking Nigeria and Africa to Greater Height: The Place of the Youth,” Falana urged the youths not to be deceived by the usual slogan of politicians.
Falana, who was a lead speaker at the symposium, blamed the leaders for the problem of the country, saying “the leaders we have had since 1960 are the enemy of the progress of this country.
” “I am appealing to youths; please follow the good example of Ooni to reclaim the lost glory of our country.
Commending Oba Ogunwusi for cementing what he called “agelong broken relationship among the Obas in Nigeria,” Falana urged the traditional rulers to speak for economic re-structuring in the country.
Speaking, the Governor of Osun state, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs.
Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, commended the monarch for the youth empowerment and other developmental programmes he embarked upon since he ascended the throne.
His imperial Majesty, Oba Ogunwusi, appreciated the organisers of the symposium, saying he decided to celebrate with the youth because of his love for them.
“There is no opportunity I have that I will not defend the right of the youths.
I am here to celebrate you.
This country belongs to the youth.
“Wake up from your slumber. The future lies in your hands. Money is not everything in life.
I will for the rest of my life remember the time you spent with me today,” he said.