Osun State House of Assembly member representing Obokun State Constituency, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has said loss of moral and cultural values, which underpin the orientations of Isese development in Africa has aided socio-political-cum economic challenge facing the nation.
He stated this on Monday to mark the 2016 Culture and Tradition Day (Isese Day), saying, the trajectory of nation-building was truncated on the altar of colonization.
According to him, there is the need to embrace the core human value of respect, hard work, integrity, transparency and industry that African is known for.
He said for the country to develop, Nigerians must retrace their steps and adopt the truthfulness of thoughts, wholeness of manner, robustness of ideal and mutual respect that the nation cultural values identified with.
He said: “The beauty of showcasing your commodity beside by the roadside those days without any store clerk to monitor, or cashier to collect money and yet you get the proceeds intact indicated the truthfulness and sense of integrity that drove commerce and trade in the ancient Yoruba Community.
“The moral tone was high at the time to the extent that priest of those days never engaged in betrayal of one another or wife snatching or duping of whatever sorts”
He lamented that these great aspects of African culture were eroded by colonization and its attendant “civilization” stressing that the science of morality and orderliness was coded in taboos and they helped to efficiently upheld the society.
“The taboo philosophy for instance on hygiene, industry, time management among other values was a high level education which the society at that time was not competent enough to handle”
“It was an age of authentic communal living, collective responsibility when everyone was his brothers keeper as against modern individualistic posturing which has fueled self-centeredness, personal aggrandizement and ethnocentrism”, he stressed.
Noting that adherence with culture and its moral virtues, especially in Yorubaland does not necessarily means fetish practice, he said, the misrepresentation of Yoruba culture for fetish practice has also contributed to the loss of its values.
“In the past, people appreciate integrity and possessed sense of honour of family name, people at that time understand the import of being shamed in the public as a result of misdemeanor more than anything because we are cultured, but nowadays cautioned has been thrown into the wind”
Oyintiloye maintained that modernization and its cosmetics doctrines of liberalism had terribly reduced African society to crumb seekers, thereby paving the way for primitive acquisition of wealth even among so called elite.
“It’s sad to point out that African society was not programme on the basis of fraud which has undermine authentic development
“It is unthinkable that antagonists in the stage of modern society, those who steal commonwealth are the one being celebrated today. In fact, people were legitimately ambitious those days but they operated within the depth of their talents, resources and capacity”
“When there is return of our cultural value, leaders will revert to the path of integrity and abhor sense of shame, hence, there will no longer be corruption which the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is now struggling to fight.
“Also, every leader will struggle, no matter how hard to have a legacy that will live after them, our environment will be clean, we will be contented and be productive.
“These will in turn develop our economy and all of us as Nigerians will be better for it”, he stressed.
While also calling on government to ensure proper protection and preservation of the Yoruba artifacts, he said, this would also develop the tourism sector, which could be used as alternative source of revenue for the country.