By Laide Akinbode
Federal Government has lamented the continued threats to the nationâ€™s cultural and national identities saying that there is need for Nigerians to find a common ground to live in harmony.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq MohammedÂ stated this recently at an occasion to commemorate 2010 International Museum Day.
The Minister noted the imperativeness for the over 250 ethnic groups in the country to leave in harmony in order to ensure the development of culture and tourism.
The theme of this yearâ€™s Museum day is â€˜Museum for Social Harmonyâ€™.
According to the Minister, â€œAs we savor todayâ€™s celebration, let us do an introspect and consideration of our individual cultures and national identities which are being threatened and find common ways of living together in a harmonious symphony for a better society.
â€œIt is an indication of the desire to help appease conflicts in cultures and societies, as well as restore peaceful co-existence. Museumsâ€™ cultural and social jurisdiction should be encouraged to actively and strongly promote social harmony.â€ Mohammed said adding that â€œ museum help to ensure interactions among the nationâ€™s diverse ethnic groups in the country.
Continuing he added that â€œMuseum provides the forum for interactions between cultures which make them ideal ambassadors for intercultural communication. This very important tool of museums should be harnessed by NCMM to bring about social harmony within the diverse cultural groups in Nigeria.
â€œThe Platform of intercultural communication in museums make it easier to acquire knowledge of cultures and gain insights into them by presenting the facts about them and their histories is an objective way thereby mitigating or reducing cultural conflicts arising from misunderstanding.â€
The Minister therefore urged Nigerians to cooperate with the Federal Government to create awareness on cultural integration in the country. This, he said, will help to show the nationâ€™s tourism potentials.
Earlier in his opening remark, the Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), said the social harmony and peaceful co-existence of our people cannot be over-looked considering the diverse nature of the nationâ€™s cultural heritage.