From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The present insecurity bedeviling Nigeria has been attributed to the long and gradual cultural disintegration among its citizens.
The Executive Secretary of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, disclosed this at a two day National Conference on “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria’s Democracy”, organised in collaboration with UNESCO, in Kaduna yesterday.
The NICO chief added that culture is an essential and peculiar way of life that embodies the thought process, the belief and the norms of the people saying culture is the nexus of the ability to store, use and re-use society’s knowledge and wisdom from the past to the present and the future.
Mr. Ayakoroma said that, in order to come out of this present insecurity, there is the need for sustained sensitization and public enlightenment campaign to change the negative perception of Nigerians as regards their culture.
According to him with hard work, discipline, selfishness, patriotism and dedication, the Nigerian ship of state will continue to sail and anchor safely to the surprise of cynics and detractors.
In his own remarks, the Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo,said traditional rulers as custodians of culture and repositories of wisdom, are critical to the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy, therefore it becomes a matter of serious concern when royal fathers who are supposed to be non-partisan become active players in the political arena. This he says draws a big question; where should our royal fathers belong – between the throne and politics?
The vice-president, who was represented by Kaduna state Deputy Governor,
Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga said the current security challenges are clearly the effects of the breakdown or abandonment of well-cherished cultural values of honesty, hard work, respect for elders and constituted authority as well as respect for the sanctity of human life.