Vice President Kashim Shettima graced the 37th Annual Akesan Festival in Iperu Remo, Ogun State, on Saturday.
The VP disclosed this in pictures from the event posted on his X handle on Saturday.
In his caption, he noted that the traditional institution and its leaders are at the top of President Bola Tinubu’s list of priorities in his administration’s bid to navigate the complexities of Nigeria’s diversity.
He further stated that the nation’s diversity should be a source of strength and not of division, and urged Nigerians to keep imbibing the lessons firmly fixed in the country’s cultural tapestry.
Delivering his address titled, “Learning from the Past: Unity and Tradition in the Akesan Festival,” at the event, Shettima said, “I am further delighted by the significance that the Akesan Festival has achieved, even though I expected nothing less.
“So, I must, once again, express my gratitude to my brother, our industrious Governor, Prince #dabiodunMFR, and His Royal Highness, Oba Adeleke Idowu Basibo, the Alaperu of Iperu Remo, for inviting us to witness this festival and participate in shaping this historical narrative.”
Asking other communities to actively take part in the beauty of the country’s traditions as well as the potential that lies within them, which he said the Akesan Festival signifies, the VP noted that by celebrating their culture, Nigerians are celebrating their identity and showcasing the richness of their values to the world.