Imo Gov raises concern over effect of Western culture on Nigerians


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has expressed concern over the effects of Western culture on the society.

Okorocha who was the guest speaker at the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Quarterly Public Lecture entitled: “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy’’ said relegating our culture and embracing western  culture is a problem.

“People that go outside their culture have automatically lost their identity. The removal of our culture is a colossal damage done to us by our colonial masters.

“Culture is a way of life of people. Their food, language, dressing all contributes to give them an identity.

 “We can fight corruption culturally in the sense that politicians should be made to swear with a deity into office. These deities don’t have mercy on anyone once you go contrary to its standard.

“The Bible and Koran are too merciful. That is why some of us do things without conscience knowing that God is merciful and forgiving.

He said that culture and economy were intertwined in so many ways, so separating them would cause harm than good.

“Countries like China, Japan and India have made great impact with culture and tourism. They use their language to teach all the subjects in schools,’’ Okorocha said.

He called on stakeholders in the education sector to introduce culture studies into the school curriculum.

Also, Mr Mathew Urhoghide, Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism said that some of Nigeria’s woes were traceable to non-recognition of the impact and effect of culture.

“Culture is an enabler and driver of sustainable economic development. It is unfortunate that we are not emulating other countries which have taken the advantage in creative industry.

“There is need for the stakeholders to reposition and make the sector relevant in the scheme of things to enable it generate substantial revenue into the country.

 “The committee is committed to the government’s effort to diversify the economy with the special focus on culture and tourism sector,’’ Urhoghide said.

Earlier, Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma, Executive Secretary NICO said the organisation will not relent in its efforts in bringing the cultural endowment of the country to limelight with the support of other stakeholders.

How police killed most wanted kidnap kingpin, ‘Vampire’

CSP Moshood addressing the Press at Imo State Police Command, 02/03/2017

Men of the Nigerian Police Force through an intelligent and well-coordinated operation  have gunned down a notorious and most wanted kidnapper,  Henry Chibueze, also known as Vampire.

Briefing newsmen at the Imo State Headquarter of the Nigerian Police, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), CSP Jimoh Moshood said, after Henry Chibueze was killed, five suspected members of his gang were arrested and cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

Late Chibueze was killed in Omu Awa Forest, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State by the Police Special Forces, led by the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team.

The Police Special Forces working under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command swooped on the hideout of Henry Chibueze, aka ‘Vampire’ and his gang and engaged them in a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours.

Few of the suspects arrested in connection with serial killings and kidnap activities of late Vampire are; Obinna Elah ‘male’ 26yrs, native of Orlu LGA Imo State; second in command of the kidnap gang, Arinze Abecheta ‘male’ 24yrs, native of Okohia, Isiala Mbano LGA. Imo State, Chukwuebuka Ikeazota ‘male’ 23yrs, native of Okohia, Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State. Samuel Ugochukwu ‘male’ 24yrs, native of Arochukwu LGA Abia State, Clifford Aheana ‘male’ of Omu Awa Ikwerre LGA Rivers State.

Some of the exhibits recovered from them were, Five (5) AK 47 rifles, three hundred rounds of AK 47 ammunition and charm recovered from the body of the deceased leader of the gang.

According to security reports, the gang had been responsible for so many kidnappings and robbery attacks in Imo, Abia, Rivers, Delta and other states in the South-East and South-South.

The Force spokesman explained that members of the gang arrested during the operation will be charged to court on completion of investigation.

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