Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information & Culture, says that no one culture in Nigeria can survive alone. Mohammed added this at the Cultural Centre, Calabar where he was treated to a night of cultural performance by the Cross River cultural troupe to celebrate the World Tourism Day.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on September 27 to foster awareness among international communities of the significance of tourism and its social, cultural, political & economic values.
The theme of the 2022 celebrations is “Rethinking Tourism.”
Moreover, the minister in Calabar to commemorate the day, added that there were similarities among the cultures in Nigeria, which means Nigerians were all one people.
He has also praised the Cross River Cultural Troupe for their world class performance, mentioning that they had been treated to a first class cultural artistry that would be praised anywhere in the world.
He advised, “The drama on unity shows it clearly that none of us can do it alone, we are all one. I wish that those who added that Nigeria is at battle and has no future are here today to check the world class performance put together by this troupe. Anybody who has witnessed war won’t wish for war or separation.”
Moreover, 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 the World Tourism Day.
“The performance you have enjoyed this night 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. (NAN)