By Dayo Johnson
Akure – FORMER Vice-President Alex Ekwueme weekend, in Ondo state canvassed for increased cooperation among the countryâ€™s diverse cultures to further cement the bond of unity among the people.
He spoke in Owo town, after he was conferred the Obanuwa of Owo by the Olowo, Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi Ekwueme said,Â â€œit is by doing this that Nigeria can be truly described as a nation of one people with one destiny under one Godâ€.
By this cooperation, he pointed out â€œthe advantages in the diversity of the cultural backgrounds of Nigerians, which is one of our strongest points in the comity of nations, would be exploited to the full in order to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of this great countryâ€.
The three wives of the former Vice-President, Beatrice, Helen and Florence also bagged the titles of Yeye Obanuwa, Otun Yeye Obanuwa and Osi Yeye Obanuwa respectively.
Ekwueme urged Nigerians to look beyond their individual cultural frontiers to forge the desired unity among the generality of the people.
According to him, â€œthe issue of the unity of this country and the integration of its people along national rather than cultural lines, should be viewed with all seriousness to justify the huge prices that we have, as a nation, paid for our continued existenceâ€.
Conferring the Chieftaincy title, Oba Folagbade said he got to know â€œDr. Ekwueme when he served as a counsel attached to the Office of the Vice-President during the Second Republic.
He described him as â€œone of the brightest Nigerians who excelled in all his chosen fields and an icon that should be emulated by the younger generationsâ€.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko, described the Former Vice President â€œas a detribalized Nigerian and one of the rare leaders, truly endowed by God with leadership qualitiesâ€.