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NUJ Chairman advocates promotion of cultural values

Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Lagos Council's Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti has called for promotion of Yoruba cultural Value.

Dr Akinreti made this known during the book launch to commemorate the first year anniversary of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, held in Lagos.

He said Yoruba nation is placed on the global land of cultural presentation and dissemination of information.

Restructuring

While addressing journalists on Yoruba cultural values, Gani Adams said Yoruba race believes in development and reorganisation of a country that has many ethnic groups.

Adams, who solicited for restructuring of Nigeria, advised that breaking the power into smaller units would help the country in achieving growth and development.

He insisted that only genuine restructuring is a catalyst to nation building which would make Nigeria work and no one in the country would apportion blame on the President for their woes while leaving the state governors and local government administrators.

Dr Adams said he has been promoting Yoruba culture and values in the past 25 years and that his present office had given him a better platform and fillip to continue on that path.

Lagos NUJ Chairman said the union had taken the bull by horn to publish two books in identifying with the Aare Onakakanfo's philosophy because of his passion for history and culture.

Dr. Akinreti said that the launched books would help save Yoruba race from allowing its cultural value go down the drain as the present generation are considering the second language (English) to first which is Yoruba.

He said the two books, Gani Adams, the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land and Voice of Media, Voice of people, were rich in content and would preserve the Yoruba cultural values to the present generation and generation yet unborn.

Reflection of institution

According to him, these books are reflection of the institution of Yoruba land and the media is playing a pivotal role as programmes have been lined up for this year anniversary as this is the first of its kinds.

A guest speaker, Mogaji Gboyega called on the Yoruba people to promote their cultural heritage in all ways possible saying it was their unique identity.

Mogaji urged parents and guardians to endeavour to promote the Yoruba language among their children for the overall interest of the culture.

The book launch event attracted many eminent personalities in the South West, academic scholars, Captain of industries, Directors of Ministries/parastatals among other dignitaries.

Source: Voice of Nigeria