The Director-General of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) on Friday harped on the need for Nigerians to use their cultural diversities to build a formidable nation.
Mrs Osaro Osayande told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Nigerians needed to live in love, peace and harmony to achieve national aspirations.
Osayande spoke to NAN in an interview to commemorate World Culture Day.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, known popularly as World Culture Day is a UN approved international day for the promotion of diversity.
The day is set aside to help communities to understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.
Osayande said that Nigeria’s multi-cultural potential was a huge asset that provided opportunities that Nigerians should take advantage of to achieve national development.
She said that most of the conflicts experienced in the country were due to cultural differences, advising citizens to take out time to understand one another’s culture.
“We all must learn to live peacefully, respect people’s culture and not make jest of anyone’s culture.
“We are meant to celebrate our cultural diversity as a people because there are a whole lot we can achieve with that when we take out time to understand one another.
“We should learn to interact with one another to take right decisions and not take decisions based on assumptions.
“Living peacefully in love and harmony will enable us achieve our goals as a nation.”
She also advised Nigerians to learn at least one local language that is not their mother tongue to hasten cultural integration.
The director-general enjoined parents to educate their children and wards on cultural issues to integrate them into their cultural milieu.
“Everyone must attain a level of majority to imbibe the mode of dressing of other ethnic groups and also learn to cook and eat other people’s dishes.
“No culture should be seen as inferior or superior to another,” said Osayande.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Edo poll: New dawn, end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics – Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his reelection, describing his victory in at the Edo governorship election as end of ‘godfatherism’ in Nigeria politics.
Abubakar in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday said that the election marked a new dawn in Edo.
“There is a new wind of democratic change now blowing all over Nigeria. The forces of despotism, nepotism, and interlopers cannot successfully withstand this force.
“Nigeria shall soon be totally free from these forces.
“The only power that will stand in Nigeria is people power, not the power of godfathers or despots,” he said.
He added that the hard won victory of Obaseki was not just a victory, but a declaration of independence from the anti democratic forces.
“No victory can be sweeter than this, and I heartily congratulate the governor and the good people of Edo for their resilience in the face of the forces arrayed against them.
“Edo has a rich history as the centre of black civilisation, and to this, she is adding a new history as the bastion of Nigerian democracy.
“This double whammy of ancient and modern glories is a testament to a people who have, for centuries, set the pace as a beacon of light on the African continent,” he said.
Abubakar congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Edo and their government, in good and bad times.
He said that the PDP had shown that it was not fair weather friends to the good people of Edo.
Abubakar said: “In good times, we will walk beside you. In bad times, we will be your true ‘comrade’. We will never be a turncoat.
“We will never abandon the principles we once espoused, so we can dine with our nemesis. Democracy has no nemesis. And this, the PDP has again proved,” he said.
Abubakar commended the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Ewuare II, for the fatherly role he played as a neutral catalyst for peace in the election.
He said that the Saturday election was largely free from violence, a testament of the long and effective shadow he casts over his domain.
The former vice president said he looked forward to the continuation of four more years of tangible development, and people-centred leadership from Obaseki.
“From personal experience, I know Obaseki to be a magnanimous man, and I urge Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to accept the right hand of fellowship that is likely to be extended to him,” he said.
Abubakar also advised Ize-Iyamu to return to PDP saying, “I remind him that no matter how far one has gone on a wrong road, it is never too late to turn back and head in the right direction. The PDP is the right direction.”
Abubakar advised the people of Ondo State to demonstrate what the people of Edo had done in the forthcoming election.
“To the good people of Ondo state, my message to you is that freedom from the oppressive grasp of godfathers and external forces that seek to dominate your will, and eviscerate your treasury, is possible.
“Edo has done it. You can do it too!,” he added.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/DonaldUgwu
Buhari mourns Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said Buhari condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State over the demise of the traditional ruler.
In a condolence message to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, the government and people of Kaduna State, the president said:
“With the passing of Alhaji Shehu Idris, Nigeria has lost one of its longest reigning traditional monarchs whose contributions to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians cannot be forgotten for years to come.
”The Emir of Zazzau, who ascended to the throne in 1975, had used his long reign to serve his people with dedication and identified with their aspirations at all times.”
He prayed to Allah to forgive the late Emir and grant his family and subjects the fortitude to bear the loss.
The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975, and ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Edo governorship election a huge relief, says Ekweremadu
Former Deputy President of the Senate Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated Goverror of Edo, Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election, describing the just concluded election as “a huge relief”.
Ekweremadu, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Campaign Council for Edo, said this in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Sunday.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, declared Obaseki as winner and returned elected after collation of results in Benin.
Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat his closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Ekweremadu commended the people of Edo, INEC and the security agencies for “rising to the occasion”, given what he described as the “dwindling fortunes of the nation’s electoral process in recent years”.
The senator, who was in Edo to monitor the election, added that the Edo polls had proved, once again, that no man could effectively play God.
He said: “I join other well meaning Nigerians to congratulate Obaseki and the PDP on this well-deserved victory.
“While our electoral processes still leave much to be desired, I must say that compared to recent elections, the Edo governorship poll has renewed the hope that we can get our elections right.
“This is given the conduct of the electorate, INEC, security agencies, and most of other stakeholders, which ensured a peaceful process, an outcome that reflected the will of the people.
“For emphasis, the Edo 2020 election showcased the beauty of democracy; the supremacy of the people’s will over the whims and caprices of any single man or woman, be it a godfather or godmother.
“And if there is a moral lesson to be learnt, it is also that no man can successfully play God, for God will always put men in their place,” he said.
Ekweremadu urged Gov. Obaseki to see his popular mandate as both an approval of his stewardship in the last four years and a call to lead Edoland on the path of greater peace, prosperity, and an all-round development.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Donald Ugwu
Obaseki’s win renews our 2023 determination to win Lagos — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State Chapter, says the re-election of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has further strengthened its determination to win the 2023 governorship poll in Lagos.
The party said on Sunday in Lagos that if the embattled Obaseki could surmount all the challenges to win, the party also could.
Mr Taofik Gani, the party’s state spokesperson made this known in a congratulatory message to Obaseki made available to News Agency of Nigeria .
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who scored 223,619.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Petroleum Resources, Effuru, said Obaseki scored the highest number of votes and therefore the winner of the election.
Gani said the party’s state chapter particularly, hailed the governor for his ability to garner the needed votes to be declared at first ballot.
The spokesperson said he was optimistic that the party would also ensure it emerged victorious in the Lagos State governorship election in 2023.
“To us in PDP Lagos State, we have grasped from the well deserved victory, the renewed commitment and resoluteness.
“Our effort is to also win Lagos State to end godfatherism and imposition in Lagos politics.
“As a matter of fact, we are now more than ever before, fired up to win Lagos State,” he said.
Gani noted that the party would manifest the ability in the coming bye-elections in the state and eventually the 2023 general elections.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor)