Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, on Sunday enjoined Nigerian youths to get themselves actively involved in the country’s politics.
Oputa gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, on the sidelines of a welcome reception, organised for him by his fans.
The septuagenarian, who returned from the United Kingdom, said that youths involvement in politics would enhance the country’s socioeconomic transformation in the future.
According to him, Nigerian youths cannot afford to give up or loose hope, when the situation in the country has not changed.
“Don’t shy away from politics but rather get into it, because it is your future .
“The youths must not allow anyone shave their hairs when they aren’t there.
“If the youths are worried about their future, they must start to organise themselves by being involve in politics and stop agonising about their future,” he said.
Oputa said that it was only when the youths pull their strengths together, would they be able to change the current system of governance.
He said that he returned to the country with a mindset to motivate and inspire young people to realise their dreams.
Oputa urged youths to be bold and confident in achieving their set goals.
He disclosed that he would only go back to street protest as usual only when he receives authorisation from his “native spiritual father”.
Oputa said that he featured in the Nollywood debut, titled: “King of Boys, The Return of The King”, because the script passed a sensitive message.
“I will not get myself involved in any script that isn’t passing any good message.
“I acted as Odudu Bariba in the movie because I am the Odudu Bariba I of Africa, so I just played myself in the role, ” he said.
According to him, the title Odudu Bariba means spiritual warrior.
He expressed satisfaction with the high popular demand for his just-released music debut – Odudu Bariba, had received since its release on Sept. 20.