Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan, has lamented the gradual disappearance of indigenous cultures and values, which according to him are being eroded by the global village syndrome.
He specifically blamed parents for not paying attention to bringing up their children with African cultures, norms and values while preferring foreign cultures, languages and values to the indigenous ones.
The Governor who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday after his investiture as the Patron of Nigerian Universities Arts and Culture Festival by the National Universities Commission, NUC expressed fear that “our cultures, languages and values may be on their way to extinction if children are not made to learn them and be proud of them.
His words: “The parents have a lot to do. Let our children believe in our languages and culture and then when they go to the university, it becomes easier for the system. You know children are now doing sagging. These are what they are learning in the university and then some parents surprisingly are encouraging.
“At home you see your child sags because I have seen responsible parents going round with their children wearing trouser and sagging it and they don’t see anything wrong in that. So what we need is a total re-orientation of our children so that we will accept and be proud of our culture and values.”
While stating that he would be at the forefront of the crusade for the restoration of culture and values across the nation’s universities, Governor Suswan urged parents to play their role by inculcating the right cultures and values into their children.
He reiterated that there is need for a total re-orientation of “our children so that we will accept and be proud of our culture and values”, adding “We seem to be losing our values and culture because of the global village we find ourselves in now. It is absolutely very important for us especially the university systems to now go back and try to teach our children our culture and values because that is very important.