Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday called for the promotion of the African cultural heritage.
The Governor says a smooth blend of religion, culture and tradition is a way of enhancing peaceful coexistence and national development.
He made the call during the celebration of an annual festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ojude Oba, in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
Among the dignitaries at the event are the governors of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mr Nasir El-Rufai.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned against the trafficking of the nation’s cultural heritage.
The Minister was speaking at the handover of the trafficked Nok terracotta by the Ambassador of France in Abuja.
He appealed to other countries who are yet to return trafficked artefacts from Nigeria to borrow a leaf from the French government.
On his part, the Director General of the National Commission for Museum and Monuments, Mr Yusuf Usman, urged Nigerians to pay more attention to their cultures.
He said that the nation is blessed with diverse cultural landscapes that could serve as a major revenue earner for government if well harnessed.