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Igbo Cultural group applauds Buhari for protecting Air Peace against UAE strangulation

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The Igbo Centre for Education and Cultural , (IGBOCECA), has commended the Federal Government over its recent effort in protecting Air Peace, a Nigerian indegenous airline against the discriminatory regulations by UAE.

The executive secretary of IGBOCECA Barrister Abel Onyemaechi Ezeawula spoke at a press conference to acknowledge the roles of President Muhammadu Buhari administration, minister of aviation and the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation authority during the faceoff between Air Peace Nigeria and Emirates Airline.

IGBOCECA an NGO committed to reawakening Igbo Consciousness said, “In the last couple of weeks, we have witnessed the diplomatic brick-bat, between the Nigerian government and the United Arab Emirates, over landing slot for Air Peace, one of the most successful Airlines in Africa – run by an Igbo man.

“Air Peace had sought three landing spaces for the Airport in Sharjah, UAE, but was denied the request and offered one slot. 

“In response to the UAE Government’s refusal, the Nigerian Government withdrew the earlier winter schedule granted to Emirates Airline through the NCAA.

“Expectedly, the UAE Government, through the Dubai CAA, in protest of the Nigerian government directive, cancelled its flights’ operation to Nigeria and also stopped other airlines from airlifting Nigerians to Dubai. 

“The UAE Government had thought that the Nigerian Government would have buckled under pressure and rescinded their decision.
“But, in an unprecedented show of professionalism by the Director-General of NCAA and the Honorable Minister of Aviation, the duo refused to give in to the intimidation but insisted that the right things must be done and the Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed by both countries be respected. 

The cultural organization said they had risen in protest for the series of events that suggests that the current administration does not have the interest of the Igbos at heart.
“However, the events of the last few weeks have prompted a deeper reflection and review of our former position.
According to him, “As a Nigerian, I have never been more proud.  The Honorable Minister of Aviation and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority have rekindled our hope in the strength and importance of this great country. 
“More importantly, as an Igbo man, I now see a government willing to go to any extent to protect a fellow Igbo man. 
“Unlike in the past when our businessmen and women are being made to feel like orphans, the events of the past few weeks have shown that we have a government that cares and is willing to stand by its people. 
“This particular action has ignited our sense of pride and provided us with talking points for those who quickly promote issues that quickly divide us. “Nigerians and Igbo men and women in particular can now do legitimate business across the globe with a sense of pride, knowing that the government will protect their legitimate interests.”
“Our findings have also shown that this is only one in many instances that the Director-General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, will support local aviation businesses, doing businesses in other countries. “
He said Captain Nuhu had intervened and resolved issues between Nigerian airlines and aviation regulators in Togo, Rwanda, Cameroon, among others.
“We have also reliably gathered that his commitment to support local aviation companies interested in operating in other countries has been unparalleled in the sector’s history.” According to one of our sources, “he is simply pro-Nigeria in all ramifications, and we need more public servants like him.”  
He said, this particular noble act couldn’t have come at a better time, as the country continues to experience deep polarization across ethnic lines. 
“The southeast is currently in turmoil, with armed groups threatening to tear the peaceful region apart. “However, developments like this will no doubt provide opportunities for further positive reflection. 
“With Air Peace now granted seven landing slots for Dubai and Sharjah, this will help create more jobs and wealth across the country and inspire other businesses to pursue international collaborations, knowing that the government will not abandon them in times of need. 
“We want to commend the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Musa Nuhu, the Honorable Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for their selfless efforts in pursuing a pan-Nigerian agenda. 
“In Nigeria, where public officials are wont to treat every issue from the ethnic colouration and prism, these two have shown tremendous courage and forthrightness in leadership. 
“We, therefore, call on all public officials to emulate these two, who have consistently shown that professionalism can trump regional and primordial colorations. “The import of this singular act by the NCAA and the Ministry of aviation will appear more rewarding in the retelling. 

“As we speak, more Nigerians are discussing this development, albeit in hush-tones. But, in the coming months, we are hopeful that more groups will rise to commend the leadership of these agencies for their outstanding work. “This conversation has become imperative because, as you all may be aware, different groups have risen to condemn the government. 

“It is only proper that when the government does something noble, we should applaud and commend them in the same measure. 

“Global trends and prevailing realities suggest that when an indigenous business shows capacity to succeed, governments are meant to provide support and a platform to enable the business to grow and become a viable export. 

“That has not been the case in Nigeria. But, this particular development seems to be changing the narrative. 

“In a recent conversation with some friends, they had expressed optimism in Nigeria’s greatness if more people like the DG of NCAA and the Minister of Aviation are allowed to lead strategic organizations.”

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Lamido Sanusi restored officially as Kano emir

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Barely four years after he was deposed by the immediate past Governor of Kano state,Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor Abba Yusuf at the Government House in Kano on Friday issued the letter of appointment to Sanusi Lamido which restored him as Kano Emir.
Governor Yusuf said,
“By the powers conferred on me by the Kano Emirate Council Law of 1984 and 2024, and supported by the recommendation of the kingmakers, I have the singular pleasure to confirm the reappointment of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano and the head of the Kano Emirate Council,” the governor said.
The governor urged the emir to lead according to Islamic tenets, as he read out his role.
“As the Emir is being appointed for the second time, it is based on his competence, credibility, and popularity,” he said.
“I urge him to be guided by the principles of Islamic teachings and to use his position to unite the emirate, fostering harmony among the Islamic sects in the state.”
Traditional rulers, kingmakers, and other top dignitaries were in attendance at the event which came barely one day after Governor Yusuf signed the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.
The Emir is expected to lead the Juma’at prayer at the Government House.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Ganduje.
Ganduje had splited⁵ the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed Sanusi II, on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.
Governor Yusuf at the reinstatement event clarified that the 2019 move was a case of victimisation and narrated events leading to his return as emir
“We had a series of meetings with the Kingmakers yesterday, extensive discussions with the Speaker, and we also sat with all the heads of security. At the end of the day, we all gathered in the chamber where I received the bill that repealed the former law,” the governor said.
He continued, “We did that out of our convictions and belief that this gentleman was victimized in 2019. We all feel that we must restore what is due to the good people of the state.”
Governor Yusuf also thanked the legislative body for the accelerated passage of the bill
“Let me use this opportunity to humbly thank the Speaker and all members of the House for your determination and respect for the rule of law. It shows your interest in the welfare of the people of the state,” he said.
Emir Sanusi II, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was known as Lamido Sanusi before becoming king.
His deposition generated controversy in the state and beyond. But in reversing it, Governor Yusuf said it was the repeal of the old law that “balkanised the over 1,000-year- Kano Emirate.”
“From the very moment I signed the bill into law, it means that all appointments made in accordance with that 2019 law are voided, and the balkanised Kano Emirate has been restored to its original pre-2019 status,” the governor said.
“The repeal of the 2019 law means that there is no emir in Kano as of now except the reinstated emir.”
Following the new law, he gave the emirs who were in charge of the dissolved emirates 48 hours to leave their palaces.
Before signing the bill, Governor Yusuf and the speaker of the Kano State Assembly Aminu Abdussalam had met with traditional rulers and kingmakers behind closed doors.
Sanusi II started his reign on June 8, 2014, when Rabiu Kwankwaso was the governor of Kano State. His appointment came about four months after Goodluck Jonathan – the then-president – removed him as the governor of the CBN.

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Minister Musawa commemorates World Culture Day, says, ‘our strength is in our diversity’

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Nigerians should celebrate the country’s cultural diversity, because it the nation’s source of strength and unity, the Minister of Arts and Culture , Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa has advocated
In her address to commemorate the 2024 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (World Culture Day), M
Musawa emphasized the need to appreciate and promote Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage. 

A statement by her special adviser on media and publicity, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, she urged Nigerians to take pride in their culture and recognize its potential to drive economic development, social and mental wellbeing, and national unity.
The Minister noted that the country’s plurality of culture and ethnicity should be leveraged to promote dialogue, understanding, and peaceful coexistence, rather than allowing differences to divide us. She encouraged Nigerians to see their diversity as a source of strength and unity, rather than a source of conflict.

“The World Culture Day is an opportunity to remind and help us to understand the value of cultural diversity and the vital role it plays in ensuring peaceful co-existence as a vital tool for socio-economic growth and development. 

“It is a day for deep reflection on where we are as a nation. Taking into cognizance that our dear country is characterized by plurality of culture and ethnicity, it behooves on us to change the narrative on people who are culturally, ethnically and religiously different from us, in order to curb terrorism, kidnapping and banditry and other negative vices as we forge ahead as one people with a common goal”.

She also announced that the Ministry will continue to work tirelessly with its agencies and stakeholders to promote Nigeria’s creative economy and boost the nation’s image, in line with its Eight-point Plan to make Nigeria ,Africa’s Creative Capital by 2030.

“I wish to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, in line with its Mandate to harness the potentials of Nigeria’s Creative Economy for socio-economic empowerment, economic diversification and job creation, will continue to work tirelessly with our Agencies and relevant stakeholders to boost the image of Nigeria and improve the lives of our people through the Ministry’s Eight-point Plan for Nigeria’s destination 2030 to become Africa’s Creative Capital.

“I call on all Nigerians to present our culture with with deep pride and appreciation and encourage us to continue to see our diversity as our source of strength and unity from which we can build a progressive nation for us all”. 

 The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (World Culture Day) is a day set aside by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on May 21st every year to raise awareness on the role of Culture in sustainable socio-economic growth and development.

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Culture Ministry secures UNESCO Inscription for Sango Festival, Midwifery traditions

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According to Musawa, the achievement was made possible through the Ministry’s tireless efforts and strategic collaborations at the national and international levels, in line with the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
“The UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, plays a crucial role in safeguarding and promoting cultural diversity worldwide. It helps in raising the awareness about the significance of Intangible Cultural Heritage, encourages dialogue between communities, fosters respect for cultural expressions and promotes sustainable development by preserving traditional knowledge and practices.
“The inclusion of these two Nigerian cultural elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity has transformed them into shared global heritage (products) with enhanced visibility. The 181 States; Parties to the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage are predisposed to visiting Nigeria to enjoy these cultural expressions.
“The anticipated increase in tourism inflow into the country, will result in global visibility, job creation and wealth generation , thereby contributing to sustainable national growth and development, economic well-being and pride in national cultural identity”.
The two key products from Nigeria were inscribed on the UNESCO representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity during the 18th Session of the Inter-Governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Kasane Botswana from 4th to 9th December 2023.
The Sango Festival and Midwifery traditions have now been recognized as integral parts of human cultural heritage, joining five previous Nigerian inscriptions: Ifa Divination System (2008), Oral Heritage of Gelede (2008), Ijele Masquerade (2009), Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival (2016), and Kwagh-hir Theatrical Performance (2019).
This milestone not only promotes cultural diversity and community cohesion but also contributes to sustainable development, job creation, and wealth generation through increased tourism. It aligns with the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, which prioritizes the appreciation and preservation of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

The Minister of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa has announced the Ministry’s achievement in pushing for UNESCO’s inscription of Sango festival Oyo and the multinational nominating of Midwifery: knowledge skills and practices.
A statement by her special adviser on media Nneka Nkem Anibeze quoted the minister to have spoken at the Federal Executive Council Meeting, presided over by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday, while briefing the Council on the strategic activities of the ministry since its establishment in August 2023.

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