“We have to apply a bit of Culture in our Democracy; Governance and Corruption war to get it right”. – Gov. Okorocha.
Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.
He suggested that politicians are to be made to swear- in with respective deities to deter non-compliance to oath of office in Nigeria, today.
He made the statement in Abuja during the quarterly public lecture of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).
He said some politicians do things without conscience because God is merciful and forgiving.
He said; “People that go outside their culture have automatically lost their identity. The removal of our culture is a colossal damage done to us by our colonial masters,”
“Culture is a way of life of people. Food, language, dressing contribute in giving identity… We can fight corruption culturally in the sense that politicians should be sworn into office with deities. These deities don’t have mercy on anyone once they go contrary to its standard.
“The Bible and Quran are too merciful. That is why some of us do things without conscience knowing that God is merciful and forgiving.”
“When we take an oath of office. We can take Bible or Quran and swear in but call an Igbo man and give him just a piece of wood-Ofo, he can never touch your one naira likewise deities of other ethnics in Nigeria. Fight against corruption is to appy beat of culture to that”
“Nigeria must devise a new means of solving our problems in our own system; culturally. Many countries who has written their own history are in good places. What drive countries are Culture, Human and Resources, Government is just a Guide. The major problem in Nigeria today, socially and economically is inability to appy Our culture in what we do. We should adopt culture in governance and that country that forgot its culture is a doom nation”.
He emphasises more ” What we are doing is alien to Our culture, the greatest danger of colonisation was removing and denting our culture by our colonial master. We are now in modern neo-colonisation trying to beat a man to its own game”.
“Nations that have succeeded, embraced their own culture like China, Japan and India. How can we talk about Tourism when all we have is what they have in their country. They have made great impact with culture and tourism. They use their language to teach all the subjects in schools, so we need to change all Nigeria school curriculum in Nigeria languages”.
Later in his address, the Special Guest of honour and minister information and culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, said what they have done in their ministry- to make festivals in Nigeria to be more economically viable and productive, to be among the best in the world.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma commended President Muhammadu Bhuari’s strive on economic diversification, pleading for more attention for the culture sector.
“While we commend the attention being paid to the Agriculture and Solid Mineral sectors currently, we make bold to say that the culture sector has better prospects if priority attention is given to it as many countries have done,” he said.
Ayakoroma recommended the establishment of the National Endowment Fund for Arts, in line with the cultural policy of Nigeria to promote the creative industry.
He said: “we recommend that the long awaited national endowment fund for the Arts, in line with the cultural policy of Nigeria should be established as a matter of urgency, to provide the must-needed financial support for our creative industry.
“The will make the sector, which has been seen as the fastest growing globally, respond adequately to our need for a diversified economy.”