Stakeholders in Nasarawa west senatorial district have disclosed that revival of the nation’s cultural values is a panacea to some of the problems confronting the country due to moral decadence.
They made the remark during the Yelwa cultural day celebration, in Toto Local government area, during the weekend had in attendance dignitaries from all walks of life.
The cultural Festival organized by Yelwa Chiefdom in Toto Local government area, with the theme: Promoting and Sustaining Cultural Values Towards Peaceful Co-existence, where colourful atmosphere was symbolic; which reminds everyone in attendant of the need to revive the eroding African culture viz-a-viz; the Gbagyi culture.
Chairman of the occasion and Senator elect for Nasarawa west Sensorial district, Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, said giving the people of the host communities the opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage is a sure way to reconnect them to their roots, and this in turn helps to restore their moral values and self worth, which is a sure recipe for avoiding anti-social activities and criminal tendencies.
“For this i commend the Gbagyi people for keeping the day to showcase and portray their culture. For those of us that have been part of the Gbagyis, we remember what the culture has always been aand for those that just here today u will have the opportunity to see what these people have for us”
Wadada, thanked them for the support accorded him during the last general election and promised to consolidate on his already achievements when he was a member of the house of representatives.
Quest speaker at the event, doctor Nimrod David Abu, a director, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council Abuja, said culture is identify by people’s dressing, language, skills and so many indices, charging Gbagyi community to understand the cross cultural values of the other communities for peaceful coexistence.
“If u want to bring people together, tell them about their culture because culture make people strong”
On their parts, the member elect for Toto Gadabuke constituency, Mohammed Garba Isimbabi, and Barrister Labaran Shuaibu Magaji, lamented the way Toto Local government is neglected in terms of social amenities especially electricity, and appealed to government and politicians to come to their aid just as they applauded Yelwa community for always supporting the ruling party to succeed.
In their remarks, the organizers of the event, the Osu Yelwa, Musa Abu Shekwo, Tanko Kaura and the former permanent secretary in the Nasarawa State civil service, Yarius Dagusa, told the dignitaries that Yelwa community is unique by their culture, which holds the key to identity, oneness, integration, growth and ultimately development, hence the need for the Host Community Day.
Governor Abdullahi Sule was awarded with Yelwa Gbagyi distinguished personality of the year 2023, while Senator elect, Aliyu Wadada, Labaran Magaji, Doctor Gaza Gwamna and chairman, Abuja Municipal area council, Christopher Zaka Maikalangu, among others were awarded with Yelwa Gbagyi Ambassadors of the year 2023.