Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, The Ooni of Ife land, has urged Nigerians to promote and preserve their indigenous culture for posterity.
He said the role of culture in the survival of the country could not be overemphasized.
The Ooni who spoke on Friday at the 2019 induction of new members, investiture of trustees and sports fiesta organised by Ikeja Club in Lagos, said, “Culture is the most dynamic element of any society. Our culture bridges the barriers of understanding and promotes mutual cooperation across respective frontier; that is why we need to promote and preserve it in our country.
The monarch, who was represented at the event by Oba Jide Awojoodu and Oba Charles Omisore, added, “I enjoin tribes in the country to preserve their culture so it can be transferred to the next generation.”
Oba Olusayo Oyelowo, the Elega of Elega kingdom described Ikeja Club induction as an important step that would help to preserve the rich cultures and lofty aims and objectives of the club.
He said, “If there are no inductions, the club will go into extinction; hence, the need for the intake of new members becomes imperative for continuous progress of the club.
He urged youths and intellectuals to join the club, which he said was committed to preserving Nigerian cultures and promoting general development.
He said, “Ikeja Club, which has been in existence for long, has contributed immensely to the welfare of the state by their promotion of social responsibility, assistance to the less privileged in the society, assisting the government where needed in terms of social and infrastructural development, among others.”
Earlier, the President of Ikeja Club, Sunday Ajilore, urged the inductees to contribute to the goals of the club.
He said,” Our club is 53 years old and we have made significant landmarks in the state because the club is made up of accomplished professionals, very successful business men, seasoned technocrats and great personality in the society. I challenge the new members to make development possible. What they have met on ground should be greatly improved upon to impart humans and Lagos State in general. “
He urged government to ensure that security was guaranteed at all levels to enable individuals and organisations, like Ikeja Club, to contribute to nation-building.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr Abayomi Finnih in his remarks, praised the management of the club and called on new and old members to support the management to improve the structural facilities of the club.