His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Solomon Olugbenga Oloyede, Atobatele Ilufemiloye ll, Olusin of Isanlu-Isin, has said that, the efforts National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) exerts, using culture to build bridges of peace among Nigerians should not be underestimated.

The monarch stated this when the North-Central Zonal Coordinator of the Institute, Mallam Ibrahim Lawal, led a team on a courtesy call on him, where the Oba also pledged his support for NICO anytime, and in any capacity, to sustain the cultural re-orientation drive of the Institute in the country.

According to him, the role management and staff of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) plays and their voices needed to be circulated round the country, as this will help greatly in re-awakening cultural values that can subdue and curb insurgency in Nigeria.

Earlier, the Zonal Coordinator, Mallam Ibrahim Lawal, briefed the royal father on the programmes and activities of the Institute, including the forth-coming 2-Day National Conference on, “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria’s Democracy,” coming up on 26th and 27th May, 2014 at Banquet Hall of Arewa House, Kaduna.

He also presented NICO magazines and posters of the on-going weekend edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) to the royal father after which he requested the Oba to graciously serve as the Royal Father of the Day at the 2014 World Culture Day celebration, coming up on the 21st May, 2014, in IIorin, Kwara State.

SAM 5387The Zonal Coordinator told the Royal Father that, the occasion, which is billed to start at 10:00 am at the Kwara State Council for Arts & Culture, Ilorin, will have the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, as the Special Guest of Honour and the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Suleiman Makanjuola Ajadi is the Chairman of the occasion.

Naseer Saeed Ategba