The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address the citizens in a bid to douse the tension in the country.
The monarch, in a statement made available to on Wednesday, through his Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko described the situation in the country as very tough and unbearable .
He maintained that only Buhari has the capacity to speak to the citizens in order to douse the tension.
“I believe that only a democratically elected President of Nigeria has the capacity to address the demands of the protesters and possibly put paid to prolonged protest.”
“As the father of the nation, with avowed commitment to protect lives and properties, including recovering (the) economy, it has become imperative for the President to speak to Nigerians especially, the protesting youths.
“I regretted that thugs and hoodlums, who do not understand the significance of the protests, are taking undue advantage to cause mayhem and extortion.
“The Olubadan also urged the youths to embrace dialogue as experience has shown that jaw-jaw is better than war-war.
“People in government are not living in gilded cage(s) and therefore could not have been irresponsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people, as speculated in some quarters.
“Part of the solution lies in (the) reopening of all the universities shut in the wake of (the) ASUU strike over the past six months”.
Mr Adetunji, while commending the quarters government for introducing different empowerment programmes like SURE-P, You-Win, N-Power and SPW, urged governments at all levels to focus more on training and retraining of the youth to become useful and fit for purpose as institutions’ curriculum have fallen short of employers’ expectations.
He prayed to God to give the youth the grace to become what God wants them to be despite all odds.