Abuja - An artist, Fidelis Eze, on Monday urged Nigerians to embrace unity, peace, love and harmony to enhance national integration and speed up national development.
Eze told the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos at the preview of his forthcoming exhibition, titled: Square Pegs, Round Holes, that unity was a critical ingredient for the development of the country.
NAN reports that the title of the exhibition, according to the artist, seeks to highlight some of the nation's challenges.
He said that Nigerian had so many things in common, "so we should begin to manage our differences in a diverse and unique way.
"Instead of some people canvassing separation which would not foster the growth of the country, we should preach tolerance and love in every way, and stop being selfish.
"If we come under one umbrella; there should be no ethnicity or power tussle, just as we must strive to shun violence, to ensure the growth of the country.
"We all have where we come from and we are protecting those interests; why don’t we protect it within the context of a diverse nation and work to project our interests, while ensuring the growth of the nation within the community of African nations and the global community.
"With all these values, and the bond of unity, we would better strengthen our understanding of who we are as a people and in togetherness, we can achieve something greater,” he said.
According to the artist, Nigeria has a lot of things that will sustain and speed up its national growth; and these include agriculture, fishing, cocoa and so many other natural resources. It is not oil alone.
"We do not need all these divisions going on in the country; we are not fighting for anything, if you look at it critically.''
He said that arts is a documentation of events and history and things that would happen in the vision of the artist.
"It is like that so that our past would not be forgotten,'' he said, adding that, "events are evolving so they need to be documented for posterity.”
"If the arts are well projected, visual arts, performing arts, music and theatre, can be used for unity, especially in bringing the youths of the country together.
NAN reports that 30 works of arts would be exhibited by the artist from November 1 to November 6.