NAFEST 2019: Culture and Sports More United Than Our Politics- Oba of Benin

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HRM, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, DG, NCAC Otunba Runsewe (right) and other dignitaries during the Royal Golf Tourney in NAFEST 2019 held in Benin City.

His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, Oba of Benin kingdom has observed that while culture and sports have been unifying forces in Nigeria, the story unfortunately has not been the same for politics.

The first class monarch was speaking at the Benin Golf Course during the Royal Golf Tourney forming part of activities lined up at the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture hosted in Benin.

The Oba who was received at the event by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Runsewe, noted that culture has been an instrument for entrenching peace, unity and national integration wishing politics in Nigeria has not been so divisive.

His Royal Majesty used the opportunity to inform everyone that as a major custodian of our rich culture, he does not hesitate to promote Nigeria during his international engagements and even during his diplomatic sojourn.

The Oba thanked Otunba Runsewe specially for leading to Benin for the first time in the history of NAFEST, 30 participating states describing the NCAC helmsman as a good Nigerian.

As Benin concludes a high-profile NAFEST, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other senior ranking government officials who took part at the annual event are agreed that the Federal Government must now reposition the culture and living arts sector to foster peace and unity while generating employment to empower Nigerians.

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