A don, Professor Mike Maduagwu, told the federal government to use Nigeria’s cultural diversity to foster national unity and integration, to build a greater nation.

Maduagwu, a former director of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, near Jos, made the call in a paper he presented at a ceremony marking Nenwe Day and the Cultural Carnival in Abuja on Saturday.

Nenwe is an agrarian, semi-urban and sprawling community in the Aninri Local Government Area of ​​Enugu State. Oral history records Nenwe as one of the oldest settlements in Igbo country.

Speaking on: “Unity as a Pathway for the Development of Nenwe City,” Maduagwu argued that Nigeria would realize its development aspirations faster if it positively harnesses its cultural diversities and uses them to build a nation. tremendous. He said communities should maintain their cultures and pass their traditions on to future generations by recognizing and celebrating the cultures and mores that bind them together as one indivisible entity.

Tracing the history of Nenwe back to prehistoric times, the donation pointed out that one of the major problems of black African nations was insufficient documentation of their histories. “This is mainly due to the fact that previously we depended a lot on the oral method of preserving facts.”

He described Nenwe as a peaceful community that had produced eminent personalities, who had served or are still serving Nigeria in various fields of endeavour. Maduagwu lamented that the Nenwe community had not benefited much from the government, pointing out that the town had faced a painful lack of clean water, grid power and motorable highways. He said the development has compelled the citizens of the city, residing in Abuja, to initiate an endowment of N20 million, to promote the development of the ancient city.

“Today is a remarkable day when the Nenwe Community of Abuja, under the auspices of the Abuja Branch of the Union for the Improvement of Nenwe, organized the Nenwe Day and Cultural Carnival.” The idea is to showcase the culture of Nenwe and promote unity and love among the Nenwe, especially those residing in Abuja.

“It is our desire to promote our culture and use it as an instrument of unity in Nigeria and not an instrument of division,” Maduagwu said.

The chairman of the event, Retired Group Captain Joseph Orji, said the festival also provides a means for interactions between Nenwe sons and daughters and showcases the city’s much-loved cultural heritage to Nigerians. and to the world. According to him, the festival provides an opportunity for Nenwe and other Nigerians to meet each other and forge greater cohesion and understanding.

Orji said the launch of the 20 million naira endowment fund was aimed at boosting education, security and other social amenities in the city. Also speaking, retired AVM. Christian Chukwu, expressed his optimism that the festival would have a positive impact on the development of Nenwe town.

According to Chukwu, the gathering is meant to promote unity and development. “I believe that if Nenwe is developed, all the towns around it will be developed. So I’m glad we’re here. “I hope today will mark a turnaround in Nenwe’s fortunes in terms of development,” Chukwu said.

In his address, FCT Eze Ndigbo, Eze Ibe Nwosu, urged Igbo people to emulate the celebration of Nenwe Cultural Day, to bring development to their communities back home. “I am happy with the cultural exposure that the Igbo are getting. I beg almighty God to ensure that Igbo people around the world promote their cultures and live in peace with each other wherever they are. Also, Amb. Emmanuel Gade, District Chief of Pigba Garki Chiefdom in Abuja City Council, pleaded with Nigerians to always maintain peace and harmony with each other. “As traditional leaders, we always preach peace.

Where there is peace, we sleep with both eyes closed. “Where there is no one, we will have insomnia. So, we urge all our youths and people to always keep the peace,” Gade said. Nenwe, a town in the state’s agrarian belt Enugu has four autonomous communities, namely Amoji, Agbada, Emudo and Uhueze communities.(NAN)