Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, began a seven-day fast on Sunday September 18, 2022, that would result in the celebration of the yearly Olojo cultural festival.
According to a statement by Moses Olafare, the monarch’s press secretary, the royal father’s main prayer requests during the seclusion would be for an end to the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities strike.
Olafare added that Oba Ogunwusi would pray for peaceful general elections in 2023, saying that the monarch had also urged ASUU and the federal government to resolve their conflict and reopen universities so that students could resume their education.
“The youths are angry and no one can blame them for that. Just imagine the number of months they have been kept out of school, ASUU and government must unite and end this because we cannot handle the anger of the youths if they go out of control.
“They have started blocking highways and even threatening to lock airports, that is an indication that they have been pushed to the wall. So I appeal to our government to look in this direction and make the necessary amendment.
“During the recruitment process at the newly unveiled OjajaMore, over 50 percent of applicants are undergraduates which speaks to the fact that the ASUU strike has done a lot of damage. It is avoidable and it should be ended by the government and ASUU for the benefit of the youths.
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“Next year’s election is equally another strong prayer request with which I am proceeding into seclusion, I am praying that the process goes seamlessly acceptable to all for peace and prosperity of our land,” the quoted Oba Ogunwusi to have said.