The principal Ronik Comprehensive School, Ejigbo, Mrs Vitoria Duru has argued that cultural diversity is not necessarily an impediment to national unity.
Addressing parents, staff and students during the fifth biennial cultural festival organised by the school, Mrs Duru noted that “the history of all the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria is replete with astonishing breakthroughs that have become cynosure to visitors who come to Nigeria from different parts of the world”.
Mrs Duru called on government to strengthen institutions that can promote national unity despite the existence of over two hundred languages and cultural practices.
She added that” it is true that in a multi-ethnic society, national cohesion may be a little difficult to attain, it is however not an impossible task if the will is there.
According to her: “Though the greatest challenge facing Nigeria is the threat to its national unity, there have been many institutions promoting values which continued to keep the nation united such as Unity Schools, National Youth Service Corps and the National Theatre, cultural sites and monuments, drama, music, festivals, foods and varieties of social interactions like marriage and business engagements.
She also called on government to work harder to develop our indigenous languages,saying that “the place of language as a unifying factor cannot be over emphasised”.
The cultural day featured fashion parade by various cultural groups which included Igbo cultural group, Yoruba cultural group, Hausa-Fulani cultural group, among others. There was also cultural dance and drama.