The monarch has lamented the increase in internet fraud by youths, urging them to give their time to activities that will improve their lives and make them realise their dreams.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has urged youths to focus on positivity and strive to achieve their dreams instead of engaging in cybercrime.
Oba Ogunwusi spoke in his palace in Ile-Ife during the official flag-off of 14-day activities for the celebration of the 2021 edition of the Royal Young Leadership Forum, an initiative of the monarch.
The royal father said the Forum was meant to bring together youths between the ages of 18 – 39.
According to him, the first edition of the Forum held in 2020 was fruitful, as the youths selected for recognition had the opportunity of meeting the President of Ghana, as well as, other personalities that exposed them more to opportunities in the business.
He further explained that among other things, the 2021 edition of the Forum would focus on upholding the fundamental objective of breaking protocols and barriers impeding youth development especially the growth of young starters in the public and private sectors of the country.
“Most of our plans last year were truncated by the covid-19 pandemic which shut down the entire world after our trip to Ghana where I took some youth leaders for a meet-and-greet with critical stakeholders early last year.
“The meet-and-greet strategy was created to achieve the targeted goals of RAYLF, especially in the creation and sustenance of dependable connection for our youth leaders. It helps us to bring them closer to power and it has been yielding results.
“Here, we focus on positivity. Yahoo, yahoo is negativity that we don’t associate with. It should not be encouraged among our youths. Youths should avoid vices and give their time to activities that will improve their lives and make them realise their dreams,” Ooni concluded.