The State Government has recognized the untiring efforts of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in promoting the Yoruba culture, with an award of cultural excellence.
The formal presentation was made to him by the Chief of Staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Chief Gbenga Ale at the State Cultural Centre, Akure, on behalf of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
He commended the Minister’s efforts at promoting the culture of the Yoruba race, especially when he served as the Governor of Osun State between 2010 and 2018.
According to the governor, the commitment of Aregbesola towards cultural renaissance and his efforts in promoting the culture of the Yoruba race, eminently qualified him for the award.
He identified the elevation of the Yoruba anthem by the Aregbesola administration in Osun State to the status of state anthem, promotion of the Omoluabi ethos and promotion of human rights and equal recognition of the three major religions in the state during his administration as Governor of Osun State, as values and actions that earned him the award.
He charged the Minister not to relent in his efforts at promoting the Yoruba cultural values, just as he assured that Ondo State will ensure that the Yoruba culture is not relegated to the background.
Receiving the award, Aregbesola, a two term governor of Osun State, described culture as the hallmark of human existence, saying knowledge, virtue and productivity clearly define culture.
He stressed the need for the development of the Yoruba culture, noting that the Yoruba race is blessed with valuable culture and tradition.
The Minister stated that high premium is placed on Yoruba culture outside the shores of the country and said that if the various cultural heritage and tourist centres in Yoruba land are well developed, they will be of tremendous economic benefits to the country.
To this end, Aregbesola made a case for cultural renaissance, just as he urged the people to change their orientation and belief about culture.
He rained encomium on governor Rotimi Akeredolu, for his belief in Yoruba culture, which culminated in the adoption of the Yoruba anthem as the state’s anthem.
He described Akeredolu as a liberal person who has shown him love and enthusiasm, adding that the governor is not antagonistic in any way.
“Governor Akeredolu is a liberal and understanding politician who believes in Yoruba nation. This is evident in the adoption of Yoruba anthem as the official anthem of the state. The Governor is a good ambassador of the Yoruba race.”