Some stakeholders in Amuwo Odofin in Lagos have commended the effort of `The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM)’, Dream Centre, Festac Town, in promoting unity in the community through culture.
They gave the commendation during the Church’s Annual Cultural Day event in Lagos on Saturday.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, called on Nigerians to emulate what TREM was doing.
He said the event should be encouraged in all strata because nothing could be compared to culture.
“Culture is a way of life that depicts respect, regard and value that God has endowed us with.
“Other denominations should emulate what the Church is doing today, since it will not affect our faith negatively but rather promote it.
“It shows love; we must love one another regardless of our culture,’’ Buraimoh said.
The Director of Dance, National Troupe, Mr Shaibu Husseini, commended the Church for promoting unity in diversity.
He said: “I want to commend the Church for promoting unity in diversity; one will not expect that we would see this from a church, you’ll think everything is about prayer.
“The Church is encouraging unity in diversity in the country and in the Church of God which is very important.
“We need things like this to remind us where we are coming from in order to raise a better country.
“I am very glad this is happening because as a staff of the National Troupe, this has given me opportunity to discover talents. I saw beautiful dances, singing and drumming.’’
Husseini said that he had taken notes of those to be invited for the next National Troupe performance.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Festac Division, CSP Obong Okon, said that understanding different cultures would help in community policing.
Mr Gilbert Uteh, a Deacon from TREM Headquarters, said the event was a way of glorifying God’s name for His wisdom in creating different ethnic groups.
Mrs Augustina Uuzebor, a Parishioner, who represented South-South, said that being Christians did not mean that culture should be thrown away.
“The fact that we are showcasing our culture doesn’t mean we are going traditional in a negative way.
“This is just to let us know that God is interested in us; even with our different cultures,’’ she said.
The South-East group emerged winners of the competition. (NAN)
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi