Leadership (Abuja)

13 January 2013

Nigeria: Let's Preserve Yoruba Culture - Aregbesola

Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola yesterday said that there is need for South-West governors to preserve the Yoruba cultural and traditional artefacts.

He dropped the hint when he visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi to sympathise with him over the fire outbreak that ravaged the palace.

Aregbesola said Alaafin should call all Yoruba leaders to a meeting with a view to mapping out strategies on how to construct a fireproof structure around the ancient artefacts.

The governor, who described the incident as sad and shocking, said that because of the importance of the Yoruba artefacts, efforts should be made to ensure that none of them should be exposed to destruction by any circumstance.

He described the ancient Alaafin palace as the emblem of the Yoruba race and Alaafin the custodian of Yoruba culture, tradition and artefacts.

According to him, if the Yorubas should showcase half of their artefacts to the world, the race would be celebrated as one of the forerunners of the world civilisations.

He said: "It is a very sad incident. The stable of Alaafin should not get burnt, let alone the palace where every object has connection to Yoruba history."

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