OBA Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin, the paramount ruler of Ila-Orangun Oke Ila in Osun State has decried the neglect of cultural heritage and learning of Nigerian history in schools.
The custodian of culture on Monday noted that history was supposed to be used as compass for future, adding that cultural heritage was one of the National endowment in Nigeria.
The monarch who spoke as a guest speaker at the 2018 law week of the Lead City University, Ibadan said it was the duty of lawyers to educate Nigerians on their fundamental human right, rather than promoting mediocrity.
The Osun monarch who identified greediness and self-centeredness as one of the problems facing Nigerians, spoke on the topic: “law, customs, and tradition: melting point for a sane society.”
The lawyer turned monarch added, “part of our national heritage was to care for the aged and the generality of our people but today, the business are not the same.
He charged the lawyers to bring out the best of Nigerians, stressing that individuals need to contribute to national development.
In his words, ” we have to promote our cultural heritage. White people appreciate and respect our culture while we are neglecting it here. Until we appreciate and respect our culture, we cannot move”.
Orangun said further added, “we must consciously prepared the young ones for leadership, we cant be there for long, whether we like it or not the young one will take over”.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Professor Olu Ojedokun had said if Nigeria must be great again, tradition, customs and culture must not be disregarded.
According to thee National President, Law Student Association, of the institution, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, the lecture is to further enlighten the student on the important of law, customs and tradition and how it propel the growth of the society.
Ojo-Lanre said the choice of Oba Dokun Abolarin as the guest speaker is because of his experience and patriotism as a traditional ruler and a legal luminary.
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