By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
President Muhammad Buhari on Saturday urged Nigerians to use culture and tradition to define their identity and their development.
The President who said this in Ile- Ife at this year’s annual Olojo Festival described culture and traditional as major factors that should be used by Nigerians to define their identity and their development, saying ,the culture of a people is their identity
Speaking through the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, President Buhari declared that “people and culture are inseparable since there is no denial of the fact that what makes human society is its culture.”
“The culture and tradition of a people are their identities as it affords them due recognition. It is their underlying distinguishing factor from other peoples and cultures. In fact, all societies across the globe have various and divergent cultures which they cherish and practice.”, he said.
President Buhari while commending the people of Ile Ife upholding their culture and tradition expressed happiness on the way the people of the ancient city have been so personate and committed to the preservation of cultural heritage .
Emphasizing that for a society to be societal it must be cultural, as society and culture are also intertwin, President Buhari prayed God to continue to protect the Ooni, his chiefs and entire people of Ife so as to be able to continue to promote and protect Yoruba cultural heritage.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state represented by his Deputy Governor , Gboyega Alabi disclosed that his administration would continue to support the promotion of culture and traditional and showcase it for the whole world
The governor stressed the celebration of Oloje festival was a way of showcasing the culture of the Yoruba race to the whole world and that his administration is committed to ensure that people of the state use culture to design the development of the state.
The President, Ife Development Board, (IDB), Chief Olajire Awowoyin in his address declared that Olojo festival was a celebration of the creation of the world, but not worshipping of idols, adding that the government and the people should do more in celebrating the Yoruba culture and heritage with a view to making it acceptable to the whole world.
The 2019 Olojo festival celebration was attended by dignitaries from across the World, traditional rulers including the Obi of Awka in Anambra State, Eze Austin Ngwu; Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun; Wife of the former Governor of Ogun, Mrs Funsho Amosun; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, among others.