The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on the Federal Government to establish a full-fledged Ministry of Culture that is 21st century compliant, to defend Nigeria’s culture and put it on the internet for the world to see.
This is just as the Association called for the sack of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, noting that he is unfit to handle that position.
The HURIWA National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday, while reacting to the 2021 Goals of Amnesty International which are to; make same-sex relations legal in all countries; make abortion legal in all countries; and abolish death the penalty in all countries.
Onwubiko, who took a swipe at the Minister for not taking up Amnesty International, noted that the goals are against the Nigerian culture.
According to him, “We need a 21st century compliant ministry of Culture that will be awake to her functions, defend the cultural value system of the country, and put our culture on the internet, because the cultural war we are having now is on the internet.
“We need a fit and proper Nigerian to handle that position because Lai Mohammed has never done anything to defend our culture. We are calling for a total overhaul of the cultural sector. I’m sure the Minister does not even know what Amnesty had advertised because he is busy fighting AIT.
“Nigeria needs a Ministry with someone focussed on protecting our culture. We need strong committees to defend Nigerian culture. We are telling Nigerians not to fraternize with such advertisements by Amnesty International that threaten your culture.
“The moment you remove your culture, you are dead. We are alarmed and disappointed that we don’t have a full-fledged Ministry of culture, we need that. We don’t want a ministry with many staff but one with few but effective staff”, he emphasized.
While noting that Culture is not all about masquerades, but about the lives of the people, he stressed on the need to reorganize the culture system in Nigeria.