WJFTC harps on peaceful co-existence to promote cultural heritage

The Nigeria country representative at the World Junkanoo Festival for Tourism and Culture (WJFTC)/ World Carnival Commission (WCC), Prince Felix Ihonre, Wednesday called for peaceful coexistence in the north to drive Nigeria’s cultural heritage and harness its potential.  
While briefing newsmen in Abuja ahead of the WJFTC/ WCC festival slated for July 4th to 8th, 2024 in Canada, Prince Ihonre said culture and tourism activities cannot thrive in the midst of terrorism. 
He said the festival will provide an excellent opportunity for Nigeria to showcase her rich cultural heritage and tourism potentials to a global audience through various expressions, including music, dance, choreography, masquerade exhibitions, art, fashion and more.
He added that it is noteworthy that since the inception of the Tinubu administration in Nigeria, various sectors have received significant support and also experienced remarkable growth including Sport Tourism, Ecotourism, Medical Tourism and Cultural Entertainment. 
 He said support has been consistent across all levels of government, from local to national and it has resulted in a substantial positive impact on the industries.
“By celebrating our cultural diversities and sharing our history through the vibrant lens of Junkanno, we can promote heritage tourism and ensure that our legacy continues to inspire future generations, both born and unborn. 
“The past holds the key to unblocking a brighter future, and through this festival, we honour our ancestors while shaping a lasting legacy for generations to come.
“This effort has been reinforced by the administration of President Tinubu in collaboration with federal, state, and local governments, as well as traditional institutions, such as the palaces of the Sultan of Sokoto, Ooni of Ife, Oba of Benin, Obong of Calabar, the Supreme Traditional Rulers Council of Akwalbom state, and palace of King Ateke Tom in Okirika, Rivers state, among others. 
“This support has been consistent across all levels of government, from local to national and it has resulted in a substantial positive impact on these industries,” he said.
“And there is intensification of activities to make sure that culture thrives, but I will tell you that one thing that culture and tourism activities cannot thrive in the midst of terrorism. 
“They cannot thrive in the midst of violence atmosphere and  they cannot thrive in the mist of hunger and poverty that is why today we are happy to say that this present administration has come up to say we want to fight terrorism and kidnapping. We want to fight everything that serves as detriment to our cultural heritage.
“Tell me what is the first aspect of our cultural heritage if not agriculture and farming. Food security becomes a problem in the country today because there is violence everywhere,” he said.