Arts, culture sector essential for children’s education – Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu said Tuesday in Abuja that the federal government would invest in the country’s arts and culture sector because it’s essential for the education of children.

The president said this at the presentation of a stage play, “Abibatu Mogaji: The Play,” in honour of his late mother.

He said the arts and culture sector was important in preserving Nigeria’s heritage and promoting its rich cultural diversity.

“I’m living Mama’s grandson, who didn’t partake in my first breakfast with Mama because my first restaurant was her breast, my first toilet was on her lap, and my first-ever bedroom was on her back. There is no way I could have been this old without that care.

“I thank Ola Awakan, he’s a very great researcher, producer and thoughtful person to have come up with this and I can see some faces of Mama’s children; Tunji Alausa and the rest of the people are here.

“I will invest in the play, nothing could have been better than rewarding a very thorough research. Mama.

“I can see Adams Oshiomhole there, they know her, many of you here know her. Tough, she’s a disciplinarian and I thank God for the gift that I had from her and that gift is an enduring one; character, determination, never to give up.

“I’m so grateful to all of you in large numbers, I will have enjoyed the audience more with you, I’ll find another opportunity to do that, but I asked for this assignment. Through your exercise and commitment, you gave it to me.

“Only 48 hours ago, they renewed my mandate as the Chairman of ECOWAS. So if they now give me assignment, I don’t have a choice, but do it.

“So Seyi, you didn’t partake in my breastfeeding, I enjoyed it better than you, so enjoy the play. I thank all of you immensely, from the bottom of my heart. I hate to have to go because that’s a great mother that I had, I know her.

“Ola Awakan and Yerima, and the members of the cast, I say thank you. We will invest in Nigeria’s culture and art for the education of our children and for the benefit of mankind and all of you. I thank you for sparing your evening to celebrate my mother, a great woman. Thank you,” he said.

Also speaking, the producer of the play, “Abibatu Mogaji: The Play,” Mr Ola Awakan, stressed the need for Nigeria to focus on vital aspects such as mentorship, resilience and good governance.

He said the character of Abibatu Mogaji embodies the essential qualities crucial for the development of a society.

He said the play aims to immortalise Abibatu Mogaji’s legacy and use her attributes to inspire generations of Nigerians, both present and future.

“The nation needs to work on some vital points and those points are mentorship, resilience, good governance on the society so these features are actually there present in the character of mama Habibatu Mogaji and we looked at it that the best way we can reach these features to the society is by telling the story of mama,” he said.