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'Abuja Carnival will boost Nigeria’s unity'

25 November 2013, 12:51

Abuja - Participants at the Abuja International Carnival 2013 say that the Durbar cultural display by troupes from the northern part of Nigeria is a veritable means of boosting the country’s unity.

Some of the participants at the carnival, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said that the Durbar cultural display would strengthen the bond among the citizens of Nigeria.

Muhammed Sanni, the protocol officer to the Emir of Zauzau, said that the Durbar cultural display had been in existence for over 1 000 years ago.

He stressed that Durbar had functioned as a tool of strengthening peace and companionship among the people of northern Nigeria.

``Durbar celebration symbolises war, it relives the time when our great heroes used to fight on horses but today, it has become a way of celebrating of peace and unity.

``Durbar is important because it shows that we are united in our nation and also living in peace,’’ he said.

Sanni said that the Durbar celebration was also a form of entertainment for the people, adding that it had promoted unity among people from different backgrounds.

Abubakar Ismail, a representative of Emir of Gombe, said that Durbar cultural display was a celebration that united people from all walks of life.

``Durbar brings the people together under the umbrella of peace and unity; it also strengthens our cultural bond as Nigerians.

``This is our culture and we are proud of it because it gives us a sense of belonging.’’ he said.

Malam Ndasaba Ibrahim, the traditional ruler of Barwa Rabah Nupe, said that tangible efforts should be made to promote the global acceptance of the Durbar cultural display because it symbolised peace.

He urged tourism investors to invest in efforts to promote the rich culture of Durbar, adding that such venture would also boost the country’s revenue base.

Malam Jarmai Ahmed, a representative of the Emir of Kano, said that Durbar represented the tradition and culture of the Fulani and Hausa ethnic groups.

``Durbar brings about unity in diversity, it creates harmonious living among the people of the northern part of Nigeria and the country at large,’’ he added.


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