Ekene Okafor, Lagos
The Oba of Benin kingdom, southern Nigeria, Oba Ewuare II, has observed that while culture and sports have been unifying forces in Nigeria, the story unfortunately has not been the same for politics.
The first-class monarch was speaking at the Benin Golf Course during the Royal Golf Tourney which was part of activities lined up at the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture hosted in Benin city.
The Oba who was received at the event by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Runsewe, noted that culture has been an instrument for entrenching peace, unity and national integration.
He wished that politics in Nigeria was not as divisive as it currently is in the country.
Oba Ewuare II used the opportunity to inform everyone that as a major custodian of our rich culture, he does not hesitate to promote Nigeria during his international engagements and even during his diplomatic sojourn.
The Oba thanked Otunba Runsewe specially for leading 30 participating states to Benin for the first time in the history of NAFEST, describing the NCAC helmsman as a good Nigerian.
As Benin concludes a high-profile NAFEST, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other senior ranking government officials who took part at the annual event are agreed that the Federal Government must now re-position the culture and living arts sector to foster peace and unity while generating employment to empower Nigerians.