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Ayade sues for unity, peaceful co-existence ahead of carnival in Cross River

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has called on citizens of all countries to maintain peaceful co-existence, show unity and kindness to one another in order to promote humanity. Ayade, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, made the call in Calabar yesterday during the second dry run of the 2019 Calabar Carnival with the theme “Humanity”.He said the theme was chosen to draw the attention of the world to the need to be humane and live in peace with one another.

The governor said peaceful co-existence, unity and tolerance should rule the mindset of people around the world.He urged the bands to do their best in interpreting the theme of the festival.His words: “This year’s theme is humanity; I hope that the band leaders are doing their best to give full interpretation to the theme.

“For us, the theme is about humanity and kindness to people. We should be tolerant of one other and also treat every human being as a human being irrespective of any affiliation.“If you decide to treat people badly, you too will be treated badly. So, what we are emphasising on is the need for everyone to be treated equally.

“As we come out for every celebration of the carnival, we will continue to play our part in ensuring that the carnival continues to grow bigger, better and bolder.” Earlier, Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission, Gabe Onah, said the theme was also designed to reach out and propagate kindness and unity.He said the Bikers’ Carnival was also flagged off earlier with a view to exciting tourists along the 12-kilometre carnival route.

Onah noted that Carnival Calabar had become a platform to taste how cultural events were planned in Nigeria.“Calabar Carnival has become the best platform for cultural diplomacy. The first dry run witnessed the attendance of Bangladesh and Belize diplomats, offering partnership in power production and distribution and support for our cocoa processing.

“For the next dry run, we are expecting Vietnam to come and partner with the state rice seedlings to see how they can bring farmers to promote the next level for our farming,” he said.Onah continued: “The dancing and display we see in the streets are a means to an end.

“The job behind Calabar Carnival is huge and that is why we are saying that we must begin to change as we move.”In his remarks, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eteng Jonah-Williams, pledged that the legislature would make adequate budgetary provision for the commission to enable it organise a colourful event.

He said the legislative chamber was suggesting having “the Cross River House of Assembly Band” to add more fun to the yearly fiesta.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants were colourfully dressed in various bands’ costumes, while security was mounted along the routes.

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