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Shettima: Nigeria’s diversity should be a source of strength

Shettima: Nigeria’s diversity should be a source of strength
November 26
08:34 2023

Vice-President Kashim Shettima says the country’s diversity should be a source of strength to citizens and not a reason for further polarisation. 

Shettima spoke on Saturday at the 37th annual Akesan festival in Iperu Remo, Ogun state.

The vice-president said the country’s diversity is a testament to “our adaptability as a people”.

“This diversity within our nation is a source of strength, not division,” Stanley Nkwocha, his spokesperson, quoted Shettima as saying.

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The number two citizen said the festival serves as an opportunity to reinforce President Bola Tinubu’s priority to traditional leaders as they navigate the “intricacies of our diversity”.

“The commitments articulated by our administration stand firm, and we pledge to honor these assurances, ensuring positive transformations in the lives of our people,” he said.

“It (Akesan Festival) symbolises the heartbeat of our nation, and Ogun State has long become the template for the resilience of our cultural practices as vehicles for progress.

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“From intellectuals and cultural icons to industrialists, Ogun State has been an enduring source of inspiration at the crossroads of culture and modernity.

“Your Excellencies, Your Majesty, distinguished ladies, and gentlemen, this land has not only nurtured industries but also cultivated a rich cultural heritage that unites us.

“Our nation will forever cherish the sacrifices you’ve made, serving as guardians of tradition, preserving our cultural legacy, and fostering unity among all of us.”

Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun, said the festival is an unending heritage that is fast boosting the tourism potential of the state.

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Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house of representatives; Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi; and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos; were among some of the dignitaries at the event.

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