Culture is at the beginning and the end of development
(Léopold Sédar Senghor)
Published on 10 September 2012
Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has advised other parts of the country to emulate the Igbos in preserving the indigenous cultures of the various ethnic groups that make up the country in order to prevent imminent loss of identity due to westernization.
Omeri gave this admonition during a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of Nnewi Community in Anambra State, His Royal Highness, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, to explain NOA's recently introduced Citizens' Responsibility Volunteer Scheme (CRVS) whose pioneer launch took place in the state.
He was also at the palace for an interactive session with members of the scheme in the community whom he charged to sustain the efforts at maintaining the peace and indivisibility of Nigeria through their activities in the community.
In his words, "It is easy to learn the story of Nigeria by just walking into the palace of any traditional ruler in Igbo land. I have seen so much culture here in Igbo land and I wish all Nigerians will come and learn from Igbo land how to preserve our culture. If we can return to our cultures across the nation which, among other things, emphasize good neighbourliness and care for strangers, we will not be fighting and killing each other".
Igwe Orizu, speaking through his spokesman and chairman of Nnewi Traditional Cabinet, Chief Dan Olasi was optimistic about the continued unity of Nigeria as well as a better society. His optimism, he said, was hinged on the new vibrancy of the NOA, under the leadership of Omeri, in the pursuit of its mandate of attitudinal re-orientation of Nigerians.
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