By Gbenga Olarinoye
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has decried the growth of imbalance of information between the developed and developing countries of the world.
The President who spoke yesterday in Osogbo at the opening ceremony of the first Global Conference of Black Nationalities in Osogbo, Osun State said most of the information about the black in the foreign media were not true.
The President who was represented by the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Navy Captain Omoniyi Olubolade (rtd) said Nigeria, as a leading black nation, would ensure that the situation was changed for the better.
Stressing that the conference with the theme: “The Black Race: The Past, The Present and The Future of a Rich Heritage,â€ will foster tolerance amongst the nations of the world, Jonathan also said it would help in expanding frontier of knowledge about the black race.
Also speaking on the occasion, former President Olusegun Obasanjo cautioned the western countries against racism and segregation, even as he declared serious war against the menace in Nigeria and other African countries.
Obasanjo, who described the black race as the most important race in the world, lamented that the race still suffers poor recognition and under-development in the international community, stressing the need for world leaders to place the black in its right position.
The Osun State Governor and convener of the global conference, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, stressed the need for the black people to break the barrier of racism, saying for globalization to be meaningful in the world, the blacks must break barrier to international understanding and harmonious co-existence among the various people of the world.
He said the essence of the conference was a cultural market which, according to him, would draw indigenous arts and crafts operators from across the black race.