Eleruwon of Eruwon, Oba Adebayo Okubena, has called on parents and other stakeholders to prevent the nation’s indigenous languages from going extinct.
The monarch made the call on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Eruwon, Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun.
He said that the nation’s indigenous languages played vital role in ensuring peace, progress and integration of cultural values to promote orderliness and discipline.
Okubena said that the task of reviving the teaching and learning of indigenous languages should not be left for schools alone, adding that parents, religious bodies and the larger society must play their roles.
“The uniqueness of the mother tongue and its importance towards teaching and instilling values cannot be over-emphasised.
“The Yoruba language for example, when compared with any other language in the world has gained prominence even beyond our borders due to its originality, rich culture and values.
“The true identity we have as a people is dependent on our diverse mother tongues; we must seek to protect it against undue influence arising from westernisation,” he said.
Okubena blamed lack of morals among youths of today on the subjugation of cultural values by westernisation which had eroded the nation’s heritage.
He urged all tiers government to fully exploit the tourism sector to boost economic development.
According to the monarch, if well harnessed, culture and tourism can be veritable sources of revenue generation to the country.
He stressed the need for the sustenance of the nation’s culture and heritage sites, adding that all hands must be on the deck to prevent indigenous values from going into extinction.
“Our traditions and diverse cultures were laid down by our founding fathers which must be held on to, in order to avert the possibility of them going into extinction.
“All stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors, must intensify efforts to develop the tourism industry in the country.
“The tourism sector has the potential to create jobs and offer new employment opportunities,” he said.
Okubena described tourism as a rapidly growing phenomenon that had become one of the largest industries in the world.
The traditional ruler attributed some of the challenges facomg the country to the disconnect between culture and civilization and urged the government to find the right balance.
He urged the youths to utilise their God-given talents and showcase their skills to improve the socio-economic development of the nation.

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