Vice President Kashim Shettima enthusiastically attended the 37th Annual Akesan Festival held in Iperu Remo, Ogun State, on a vibrant Saturday. Images capturing the event were shared on his social media handle, where he underscored the paramount importance of the traditional institution and its leaders in President Bola Tinubu’s agenda for managing Nigeria’s diverse landscape.
In a thoughtful caption accompanying the pictures, the Vice President emphasized that the country’s diversity should serve as a source of strength, not division. He urged Nigerians to embrace the profound lessons embedded in the nation’s cultural tapestry.
During his address titled “Learning from the Past: Unity and Tradition in the Akesan Festival,” Shettima expressed his delight at the significant role the Akesan Festival has attained, aligning with his expectations. He expressed gratitude to Governor Prince #dabiodunMFR and His Royal Highness, Oba Adeleke Idowu Basibo, the Alaperu of Iperu Remo, for extending the invitation to partake in and contribute to the shaping of this historical narrative.
Encouraging other communities to actively engage in the beauty of their traditions, the Vice President highlighted the Akesan Festival as a symbol of the potential within these cultural practices. He asserted that by celebrating their own unique cultures, Nigerians are not only affirming their identity but also showcasing the richness of their values to the world. Shettima called for a collective embrace of cultural heritage as a means of fostering unity and preserving the essence of Nigeria’s diverse society.