By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
CALABAR—’Humanity’ which is the theme of the Carnival Calabar 2019 was on the front burner, as the Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade flagged off the ceremony.
The Carnival which featured Nigeria’s hottest Artistes, was graced by different countries such as Bangladesh, Rwanda, and others.
Speaking at the flag off, Prof. Ayade stated that human has grown to forget that ‘Humanity’ is the greatest religion on earth, adding that ‘Humanity’ breaks the barrier between the rich and poor.
According to him, “I want you to know that as we gather here for the dance and procession, we must bear in mind that the greatest thing is the philosophy that man must change the way we live.
“The level of crime, hatred and abuse of humanity has gone to the extreme, it’s time to ask ourselves, how did we get here?”
He charged the international community to realise that Africa is the richest continent on earth, and its exploitation must come to an end.
He further noted that the time has come for the barriers of denial of access to other countries to be broken, so that people can relate as humans.
“Why would you have so much to yourself and your neighbor is dying of poverty. The essence of our being is to add value to humanity. Once we begin to think as humans, all the barriers will be broken.
“Humanity is the greatest religion that every mankind must adopt. Humanity should drive you in terms of everything. You cannot do bad and expect good.
“If there is any religion Africa wants to preach to the world, it will be the religion of love and humanity, once everybody becomes equal, society becomes better”, he said.
Also speaking to The Sight News ,Patrick O’Brien from Ireland, noted that the theme “Humanity”, is a fantastic topic at the moment and the governor is pushing very hard, and doing his best to bring people up.
“I have been with the Governor since he started this campaign and basically, the changes are happening anyway. The agriculture and industry development is going on, basically to grow employment in the state.
“He is going the right direction”, he remarked.
Artists from different parts of the country were in attendance at the Carnival to add color.