The Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II made the call on Tuesday, during an end of the year programme organized by his beautiful queen, Olori Naomi Ogunwusi (Yeyeluwa) for children tagged; Children Fun fair with Olori Naomi, held at the Ile Oodua palace of Ife.
“Children, I want to implore you to be obedient to your parents and teachers. You all are going to be great people in life, stay away from bad friends and ask necessary questions from your parents and guardians if anything is unclear to you.” The Ooni advised.
While felicitating with the children who stormed the palace in their large numbers, the Yeyeluwa lamented that issues pertaining to the young children need to be more attended to by the government and even the parents, calling on all relevant stakeholders to act accordingly.
“If you look around our country, you will realize that programmes and policies of governments at all level favour the youths and the elderly, leaving behind the children who are leaders of tomorrow. Yeyeluwa noted.
On the motivation behind the programme, Queen Naomi explained that it is a product of her love for the young children, adding that they must be well tutored and mentored.
“An avenue like this through which children come together to sing, dance and play a lot of games help in putting them in the right frame of mind. I added gift items in order to give back to the society in my own little way and also give all children here a sense of belonging" the queen added.
Similarly, seven-year-old Olufunke Faseyi who could not hide her joy thanked the queen for creating the beautiful event and the gifts she got.
The happy children who went home with several gift items including toys, clothes and food items were entertained by the prominent comedian, Ayo Ajewole popularly known as Woli Agba and other performers, including cultural groups.
The highpoint of the event was a table tennis match which the Ooni played against one of the students in show of love for the children. The 5 point game ended 4 - 1 in favour of the well loved monarch gave a cash gift of fifty thousand each to the two who performed well in the table tennis contest.