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Aliyu Canvasses Promotion Of Nigeria’s Diverse Cultures

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 1:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie – Minna


Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has challenged promoters of Nigerian culture to evolve strategies of harmonising the rich cultural heritage that abounds in Nigeria.

This is to avoid erosion of the cultures and traditions of about 250 ethnic nationalities in the country.

He noted that culture and traditions of the different ethnic groups that make up Nigeria differ, hence the need for those in the industry to promote the positive aspects of the various cultures and traditions and make them marketable to the outside world.

Aliyu made the remarks when he played host to the South-East Beauty Queen, a cultural outfit promoted by the ‘Royal Queen Africa’ in collaborating with the Enugu State Government for the promotion of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

The Governor, who however frowned at the discriminations often visited on some people due to cultural differences, said, “Everybody came from a place, it is a matter of who comes first or who settled first before another group at a particular location.

“Some peoples’ cultural behaviour may look strange to you as an individual but that is the culture in diversity as revered cultures and traditions of a people, and that is why it is important to harmonise the different segments of the Nigerian culture”.

While calling on citizens to respect the culture and tradition of people wherever they find themselves, Aliyu nevertheless lamented what he termed, “fast erosion of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and the craze for alien culture with negative consequences on Nigeria’s social values”.

The idea of people moving from one location or another is part of human existence, Aliyu said.

“People move from one location to another but basically moving towards where there is water,” he noted.

According to the Governor, the likes of Nigeria’s first civilian President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the former Biafran war lord, late Ikemba Nnewi, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and Chief K.O. Mbadiwe were all born in Niger State.

This, Aliyu said, further cemented the cultural ties between the Igbos and the different tribes in Niger State and should be sustained.