Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Wednesday, said the annual Ojude Oba Festival of the Ijebu people in Ogun State has further confirmed Nigeria’s cultural and ethnic diversity as a strength and not a weakness.
He made the submission during the 2016 Ojude Oba festival with the theme: ‘Ojude Oba, Our Culture, Our Pride’, when he led the Bayelsa State delegation.
According to METROWATCH report, Dickson expressed the growing need to showcase the nation’s rich cultural heritage to the outside world.
While describing culture, as a means of identification and a unifying factor, the governor said, all hands must be on deck at ensuring the promotion of Nigeria rich and diverse cultural endowments.
He, therefore, called on the leadership at all levels of government to ensure the formulation of policies that would be geared towards the promotion of the culture and tradition of the people at all times. Stressing that, the urgent need to promote the cultural heritage of the country has become more imperative.
Dickson commended the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona and the entire people of Ijebuland for the preservation of their rich culture and tradition, adding that, the Ojude Oba festival has some unique qualities, which needed to be exported to the rest of the World.
“The festival has come to stay. There is no doubt about that, my family and I, are very proud of the Ijebu blood, that runs in us. We will continue to be part of this festival.
The governor who described Nigeria as a rainbow with many colours, warned against playing politics with the cultural heritage of the people, as it speaks volumes of the kind of persons that we are.
In his address, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, Ogbagba II commended Dickson for identifying with his root, adding that, the festival was historical.
The monarch said he would not relent in his efforts at promoting the rich cultural heritage of the Ijebuland.
According to him, Ojude Oba, which is a festival with a long history, is an event where sons and daughters of Ijebuland and their well-wishers gather to appreciate and pay homage to their traditional rulers and the symbol of Ijebu tradition.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai described the Awujale of Ijebuland as a father that has impacted so much on his life.
He described Ojude Oba as a unique festival, that must be promoted and showcase to the rest of the world, adding that, ‘my coming here today is an eye opener that the nation has all that it takes to compete with the rest of the World.