By Sodiq Lawa
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwus on Thursday at Chatham House, United Kingdom ( UK ) said his late mother’s core values of responsibility really prepared him ahead for leadership roles as an individual and traditional ruler , saying African youths must imbibe the spirit of responsibility and commitment to positive ideals that can enable them to contribute meaningfully to the development of their society.
Ooni Ogunwusi, who spoke at Chatham House, London in UK on “ Inclusive Governance and Community Engagement : The Role of Traditionally Leaders ” recalled how a bungled errand given him by his late mother actually moulded him for leadership position in life.
“As a child , she would send me on errands. She once gave me her most valuable dress to iron. I plugged the iron and left to play, hoping to return to do mum’ s bidding but the iron had become so hot and I got the dress burnt to the anger of my mother.
“ You will pay dearly for this, I will punish you well so you will know what you have done wrong. That was a dress I was saving in case the King requested to meet me, ” mother said .
“ That phrase stuck into my brain. She had reserved a dress in case the King requested to meet her . This goes to show the recognition of Kingship and honour earned by a king in our culture . ”
A statement on the Chatham House outing prepared by Ooni’ s media aide, Comrade Moses Olafare recalled how the foremost African monarch admonished children to obey their elders and parents.
He equally charged parents to respect the traditional leaders in society in line with African culture and traditions.
The Co-Chairman of Nigerian Council of Traditional Rulers also underscored the need for the involvement of traditional institutions in governance for a better tomorrow.
“ You cannot separate nature and human beings, we believe traditional leaders and institutions are key in national building human capital development civilization , ” the monarch added.