27th September, 2022
By Christian Njoku
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said that no one culture in Nigeria can survive alone.
Mohammed stated this at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, where he was treated to a night of cultural performance by the Cross River cultural troupe to herald World Tourism Day.
The minister, who was in Calabar to celebrate the day, said there were similarities among the cultures in Nigeria, meaning Nigerians were all one people.
He praised the Cross River Cultural Troupe for their world-class performance, adding that they had been treated to first-class cultural artistry that would be applauded anywhere in the world.
“The drama on unity states it clearly that not one of us can do it alone, we are all one people.
“I wish that those who say Nigeria is at war and has no future were here today to witness the world-class performance put together by this troupe.
“Anybody who has witnessed war will not wish for war or separation,” he advised.
Mohammed appealed to the younger generation to imbibe the performing arts, adding that very soon the nation’s culture would be extinct unless the next generation took over.
Mr Eric Anderson, Cross River’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, thanked the minister for coming to Calabar to celebrate World Tourism Day.
“The performance you have enjoyed this evening is coming from a cultural troupe that has been to Egypt in 2016, to Bangkok in 2018 and to the carnival in Rio.
“We have also performed in the State House in Abuja, two years in a row. It is a product of hard work and we intend to keep it up.