El Rufai: Nigeria’s Diversity Should be Symbol of Unity

by on November 1, 2017

Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Tuesday said the diverse cultures of Nigerians should be seen as symbol of unity and must be used to foster peace and development in the country.

He stated this at the opening of the 30th National Festival of Arts and Culture ( NAFEST ) in Kaduna.

According to him, Nigeria can become an international tourist destination if it harnesses its cultural heritage.

The governor, who assured participants of warm reception in Kaduna State, said the festival, had been avenue to foster unity, tolerance and peace among Nigerians since inception in 1970.

The festival started with a cultural march past by states.

Among those participating at the week-long festival tagged ”Nigeria Peace and Unity… Our pride” are Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, among others

The Zazzau Emirate culture was on display on Tuesday as a durbar was staged for visitors.

The Durbar was led by Wazirin Zazzau team, followed by the Emir’s mounted Troop and foot soldiers.

The 23 local government areas of Kaduna State also took turn to showcase their cultures.

Earlier in an opening remark, the Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Olusegun Runsewe, said “the festival showed that the country was one.”

He added that participants from all over the country showed the unity of the country.

“There cannot be Nigeria without the different nationalities that make up the country, that is why we must all work together to keep the country as one,” he added.


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  • November 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Comment…it a means the northers in quato has been using to divert from the real issue that has been on ground unsettle(i.e restructuring) the country which will go a long way of bringing a lasting solution to peace and unity. Culture only add little or no impact to our way of life or generally life sytle. if i like i can accept it and If I don’t want no body will force me to take it.


  • Specs
    November 2, 2017 at 1:08 am

    But come to think of it . If all of us internalize our individual cultures , who will externalize the much desired Nigerian culture ? Is high time we stopped encouraging and celebrating this cultural differences or we may start administering this country according to our cultural divides .
    These cultural celebrations will tell the Anambra boy Obi , born and living in kafanchan , that he has another root other than Kafanchan which his parents have never even told him about because for the past 10yrs of the boys life the family has not gone to Anambra as a family .
    From that day the boy will know that he is different from Kabir , Tunde , Adamu , Osaze etc .
    Then the thunder will strike home to him when the result of the entrance to the NIGERIAN UNITY SCHOOLS is released and THOSE ADMITTED AND THEIR SCORES PUBLISHED . Are we still guessing where we are heading to ?
    Rt. Hon (Dr) Nnamdi Azikiwe , the GREAT ZIK OF AFRICA , at the run up to the independence stated that he was not bothered if him , Sir Balewa or Chief Awolowo became the Prime Minister so far as Nigeria got his independence . Are we still on that stand as a standard for out children , the future Nigerians ? Can we genuinely say today ” WE DON’T CARE WHICH TRIBE TAKES NIGERIA TO THE STARS AS LONG AS NIGERIAN FLAG IS HOISTED THERE EVEN BEFORE THAT OF USA ” ?
    I stop here .


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