Igbariam Heritage Group, an Igbo cultural organisation, has called on cultural enthusiasts to promote Nigeria’s diverse arts and culture to foster national unity and integration.
Mr Ikechukwu Kabakwu, founder of the group, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, arts and culture are veritable tools to promote tolerance and understanding among Nigerians irrespective of tribal and religious divides.
He lamented that increasing insecurity across the country and the agitations for secession in some parts of the country have created disaffection among many Nigerians.
He said, however, that wrong perception of one another can be erased through the promotion and acceptance of the various arts and cultural heritage that abound in the country.
Kabakwu said despite the call for secession by some people in the South East, the wrong perception of ‘Ndigbo’ by the rest of the country can be changed through the promotion of Igbo arts and culture.
He said: “People don’t really know much about our culture, and so they have a misunderstanding of who we are.
“These days, people only get to know about the activities of IPOB, MASSOB and other secessionists but we want to change all that through the promotion of Igbo cultural arts and entertainment.”