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    Kwara Gov cautions Nigerians against abandoning their culture

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    By Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

    Nigerians have been cautioned against relegating and abandoning their rich cultures and mannerisms despite increasing globalisation of the world economy and its inherent advantages, especially in the area of trade.

    Speaking at the annual Igbo Day celebration in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said cultural events are reminders of people’s origin, roots, and the richness of their history in the face of globalisation.

    The Governor, who was represented by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, applauded the Ndigbo for their ingenuity and contributions to the development and growth of Kwara state.

    He said: “In line with our inclusive policy, we have ensured that no segment of our community is without a say in our administration and the goodies it has to offer.

    ‘This speaks to our belief in inclusive growth and unity in diversity. This is the spirit that should guide us as a nation and propel us to prosperity. We are stronger together.”

    AbdulRazaq, therefore, charged the people of the state, Irrespective of ethnic or religious divide, to unite and work together to make the state greater, more peaceful and harmonious.

    Earlier, the President General of Igbo community, Sir T. N. Nsoku, had expressed the appreciation of the Igbo Community in the state to the Governor for the appointment of an Igbo man in his cabinet, while also lauding the people of the state for being great hosts to Igbos in the state.

    Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on inter-community relations (Igbo) Barrister Chukwugozie Igwebuike, noted with delight that history has been made with the presence of a sitting Governor at a special Igbo occasion in the state, assuring him of the support of the Igbo community in the state to his second term bid.

    The Governor was thereafter honoured with the Igbo traditional title of ‘Nwanne Di Na Mba’, which means ‘A brother from a Foreign land’.

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