LAGOS—Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, Otunba Gani Adams, has urged Nigerians, especially the Yoruba, to promote their tradition and cultural heritage by according it with more respects for growth and development of the nation.

Speaking in Lagos at a prayer session to kick off the annual Olokun Festival, the OPC leader said many of the problems facing the country were due to total neglect of the rich heritage, tradition and culture inherited from the older generations.

He said: “We should ask ourselves where our problem is from. We were not like this in the 60s when we did not have petroleum and solid minerals we are using now. We lived on agriculture and tax in those days. And the life we lived then was more convenient than where we are now.

Adams, who is also Convener of Oodua Progressive Union, urged Yoruba not to neglect the tradition inherited from the fore fathers, nothing that all the three main religions in the country, Christianity, Islam and traditional, must be given special preference for the growth and development of Yoruba and Nigeria at large.

The Grand Finale of the festival holds  October 26 at Suntan Beach, Badagry, Lagos.

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