Minister Calls Culture, Veritable Tool For Unity, Peaceful Cohesion


Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed.

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has underscored the need for the citizenry to understand the beauty and dynamism of culture as a veritable tool for unity and peaceful cohesion.

Mohammed was speaking on Sunday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at a dinner organised in honour of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, on his conferment with a chieftaincy title of “Sarkin Kudun Hausa” by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk.

Mohammed said that the honour on Sylva by the Daura Emirate Council, Katsina State, North-West Nigeria, was in recognition of his track records in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

He said that it was an indication that, irrespective of tribe or religion, service to the nation knew no bounds.

Others who gave goodwill messages included the Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Malam Mele Kyari; the Chief Executive, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe; and the Crown Prince of Daura Emirate, Alhaji Muhammad Faruk.

They extolled the qualities of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, describing him as a loyal ally of President Muhammadu Buhari who has worked for the growth of the nation’s petroleum industry.

Also speaking, Sylva, who was turbaned on December 22, 2022, the “Sarkin Kudun Hausa”, said that the honour done to him was beyond his expectation and appreciated all who identified with him.

“From far away Bayelsa State, I was honoured in Daura, Katsina State, an indication that there is a bond cut across culture, ethnicity and religion for national cohesion.

“This is the essence of national unity and diversity. In Nigeria we have programmes like the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a programme which manages our diversity and also Federal Character Commission that manages our diversity too,” he said.

He said the creation of Nigeria by the British amid diverse tribes and religion was no mistake as it was a unifying factor which sustained the nation with its vast and abundant natural resources.

The event was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; and the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote; several other captains of industry; President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aides, Malam Garba Shehu and Mr. Femi Adesina; the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda; and some traditional rulers, among others.


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