The Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to preserving, protecting and promoting the nation’s cultural heritage inline with global best practices.
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Yauri, His Royal Majesty, Dr Mohammed Zayyanu Abdullahi, at his Palace in Kebbi state, North west Nigeria.
The Minister stated that the current administration was fully prepared to give the needed support in reviving the cultural heritage that had been abandoned over the years.
Mohammed said that his presence at the Reggata cultural festival in Kebbi was because of the value and committment of the present administration towards reviving the dying culture the country is endowed.
According to Mohammed, ” I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the governor of Kebbi state, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu who has facilitated our coming here to grace this year Reggata Cultural Festival. He has provided us with all the logistics for us to be here.
“We believe that this culture and heritage dates back to several century and whatever can be done to preserve, protect and promote the cultural heritage, the federal government is prepared to give the necessary support “, he said.
While responding to his guest, the Emir of Yauri, His Royal Majesty, Dr Mohammed Zayyanu Abdullahi disclosed that the Reggata cultural festival is an old traditional culture that dates to more than two hundred (200) years ago in the kingdom.
While thanking the governor for reviving the culture, the Emir hinted that the event will showcase the cultural heritage endowment in the country before the international countries.
The Annual Reggata and Cultural Festival of Yauri started about 200 years as a display of naval strength of the Gungu people, where Gungu warriors annually attack the most dangerous hippopotamus in the area on the River Niger.
Warriors boarded various sizes of canoes with different types of weapons and attacked the wild animals.