The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has revealed something that is quite more important than the highly revered oil.
He made the assertion on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the opening of an exhibition of stolen artifacts recently repatriated from Europe and America tagged, “Return of the Lost Treasure”.
According to him, culture when preserved and given the right value, is more important to Nigeria than petroleum even though some people may not quite agree.
Lai expressed great excitement over the repatriation of the stolen artifacts because in his terms, they are part of the country’s culture in addition to the historical, and aesthetic values they represent.
He further opined that the value of Nigeria’s diverse cultures is worth more than any natural resource as it could give a boost to the country’s waning economy when the potentials are tapped.
In his words: “Culture is as important to the economy as petroleum. As a matter of fact, culture is even more important to the economy than petroleum.
“This is because, petroleum is an exhaustive resource. Culture is not, because it is about us as a people.
“Also the importance of these artifacts as a source of education and an enabler of tourism cannot be over-emphasised.
“Nigerian traditional art, the works of our forefathers bears testimony to skilled craftsmanship, and creative ingenuity of the great dynasties that once existed in our country.
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