The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, has described the annual National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) as a potent platform for the enhancement of national unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
Runsewe made the remark in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.
Runsewe, also, the Chairman, National Planning Committee, 35th edition of NAFEST, said the national fiesta should be kept away from the misgivings in the industry.
He said it was improper for stakeholders to indulge in acts that would potray the NAFEST project in bad light before national and international public.
The director-general said that NAFEST should be at all times portrayed as a festival of national unity and peaceful co-existence.
He stayed all through the festival and has always sent senior officers of the ministry when any event clashes with his official assignments,” he said.
Runsewe stated that apart from fostering national cohesion, culture remains a critical vehicle for international diplomatic relations.
He said that culture should be distanced from certain irritations, especially with the nation’s preparation for the 35th edition of NAFEST.
”The world is watching how the nation is going to keep its very deep cultural diversity intact as a tool for tourism promotion.
“I urge players in the industry to carefully understand the roles of culture as a unifier.
We need to be circumspect in pursuing disagreements.
”It is more profitable to seek peaceful means of resolution.
NAFEST is for peaceful engagements.
Let us use it to showcase love for our fatherland,” he said.