Nigerians Urge To Use Cultural Festivals To Foster Peace, Unity
By: Mike Odeh James and Daniel Karlmax, Kaduna
An elderstatedman and Bajju patriot, Mr Nuhu Magaji, has urged Nigerians to embrace cultural festivals as tools to foster peace, unity and development of the country.
He made the call during the Bajju cultural festival in Kaduna on Saturday ,4 Januray 2019 at the annual Bajju Day
Magaji who described the Bajju community as one of the largest tribes in Southern Kaduna, cut across different local government areas said, the cultural celebration has a long history of showcasing the cultural heritage of Bajju people, pointing out that it is the need to foster unity, cooperation and understanding amongst Bajju sons and daughters within and outside the country.
According to him, the festival is targeted at building friendship and stronger ties between people of different ethnicity and religions to promote peace, unity and development of the country.
The former Treasurer of the Bajju Sociocultural Association, called on all Bajju sons and daughters, especially those in the diaspora to always visit home as this would avail them the opportunity to know their cultural heritage, saying the festival is an important day in Bajju land, and it reminded indigenes of who they are and where they came from.
He called for peace and harmony in the country and further prayed that God would deliver Nigeria from the sociopolitical ills plaguing the nation .
“Today reminds us of who we are and where we came from, our background, activities such as farming, hunting, fishing, marriage among others to keep the younger generation abreast.
“A Bajju man is peaceful, he loves peace and whoever he stays with, he needs to be in peace with that person, that has been a culture of the Bajju.
“Today you could see the Gbagyis, Jabbas, Madas, Igbos, Yorubas including the Muslim brothers are her to celebrate with us in peace,” he said.
The annual cultural festival was attended by top tradional and religious leaders, led by the Agwam Bajju, Nuhu Bature, and politicians within and outside the state.
Highlights of the event include traditional dance from different ethnic extractions within the state.