Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
In order to promote lasting peace and unity in FCT, Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has called on indigenous people of the nation’s capital to revive their traditions and heritage through periodic cultural festivals that would promote unity in diversity.
Candido, who expressed worries all the traditions and heritages are dying off with time, urged FCT stakeholders not to let that happen to theirs.
He spoke during the second edition of Gwandara annual cultural festival, organised by Gwandara Development Educational And Cultural Association (GWADECA), FCT chapter at the weekend, in Shereti Community of AMAC.
According to him, as an annual event stakeholders intend to keep it up, so as to ensure the people must not forget their culture and heritage.
“Certain traditions are going into extinction, we don’t like that to happen, and the Gwandara people have realized this, and so have decided to demonstrate, so we are encouraging other tribes to do so.
“In FCT, we have the Koros, we have the Bassas, we have the Gbagys, the Gwandara etc. They must revive their cultural heritage and traditions, so that Nigerians who are coming to Abuja today, will remember and see for themselves and say yes that this is not just a virgin place.
“And as Gwandara person who is privileged to be in a position of authority today, it is only fair to encourage my people to not forget who they are and how they do things and that is how we are reviving this country that is why we are promoting and asking other Nigerians not just Gwandara people to do so.
“It has always been my desire that we, my Administration in particular encourages unity. Any indigene who do not see other Nigerians as a partner in progress then is lost because we cannot make Abuja alone.
“We must see everyone as part and parcel of FCT because we want to progress. Come to think of it, where I come from today, other Nigerians are more than 70% the population and therefore, we need each other, we need to synergies. So that the indigenes and non indigenes will be seen doing things together.”
Highpoints of the event were traditional parade by the cultural troops and cultural dance of different Masquerades of Gwandara ethnic nationalities, showcasing the colourful cultural heritage of the people.