The Nigerian culture is so much appreciated by the international community and can serve as a massive source for any state that is determined to invest massively. These and more are the reason the Alliance for Democracy gubernatorial candidate, High Chief Owolabi Salis said he would do all in his power to grow the industry if elected as the governor of Lagos state.
Chief Salis made this affirmation on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Alimosho local government area of Lagos state where he was hosted by the Nigerian Traditionalists Front who cried out that the previous government regimes have neglected it completely, hence, the reason for the decline in the appreciation of culture and value in Lagos and Nigeria at large.
While presenting the agenda of the traditionalists’ front to the AD guber candidate, high chief Olowoode, the head of the organisation said “Western Education has weakened the influence of tradition and culture on the lives and behavioural pattern of the people in general.
He further reiterated that the Traditionalists Front have not been given the deserved attention,
“Christians and Muslims have public holidays but there is none for the traditionalists in the country. This is a form of marginalisation that needs to be addressed by the government of the so as to aid the promotion of our culture and traditions which will further position Nigeria to where it belongs.
Addressing the issues raised by TFN, Cheif Salis said if elected, his government will ensure that it invests in transnational culture but he must win elections first before all these good desires can come into fruition.
“Election is not won by noise but by coordination and referrals. We are ready to invest heavily in transnational culture but we cannot do all that if we are not in government. We are involved in the movement for the emancipation of Lagos. For more than 20 years now, we have nothing to show as the dividends of democracy. For example, the roads leading here are so bad and the government has not done anything about it.
While speaking with journalists, Chief Salis reiterated his commitment to ensuring that Lagos is freed from systemic slavery.
“If I happen to win, as I’ve said, I’m going to practice grassroots system of governance, a system that will have direct impact on the people, so we will empower them to fix many loopholes at the grassroots level. In addition, culture is important to me, I’m going to invest heavily in culture.
“I picked interest in culture because I lived in the Western world for more than 20 years and I have travelled to more than half of the countries in the world; culture has been used to power the economy in many advanced countries and one of the problems we have in this part of the world is that we have abandoned our own culture.
“I want to energize our culture and bring it back to life, and I think I’m going to get it done.
“For me, stepping down for anyone is not an option, because I’m not the one contesting. The less privileged people of Lagos are the one contesting; I am just a representative of the masses. It is the spirit of those that are suffering that is pushing me to forge ahead in this contest.
“My message for Lagosians is to vote for AD, and vote for hope, to shun vote buying so that hope can defeat money. Vote to stop slavery in Lagos, to stop imposition and to stop the hold on the resources of Lagos by an individual.