The National Council for Arts and Culture, has held a memorial in honour of George Floyd who was killed while being arrested by the police in the USA in May, 2020 and was buried yesterday.
The director general, National Council for Arts and Culture and President, World Crafts Council (African Region), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe said it has become very necessary for Nigeria to join the over seventeen (17) countries in Africa to organize an immemorial for this black American that was murdered in cold blood by the Minneapolis police in United states of America.
In a tribute by the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, she reminded the crowd that witnessed the event that as a black person, this is a fight we must fight, as a black person, the DNA of an African runs in you. As a black person, you must aspire to come back to your motherland where you can freely breathe. As a black person, you should think of coming back to Africa/Nigeria to invest in an environment where you can freely breathe and as a black person, come back to your home where you will be shown love.
There was a minute silence in memory of Late George Floyd and all the other black African Heroes all over the world who have suffered violent attacks and even death on account of the colour of their skin.
Followed by two brilliant drama presentations titled “I can’t Breathe”, and “Our Hearts Toughened”; that touched the heart of everybody.
The director general, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe noted that it has become necessary to emphasise that as Africans, our culture has great respect for the sanctity of human life, we are a peaceful, loving and God fearing people that detests violence.
He said this is why NCAC is joining the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to ask for justice for late George Floyd and to propagate the message of peace all over the world.
According to Runsewe, we believe that all men are created equal and has inalienable rights among which are rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
From Africa to USA, Latin America, Asian, Europe and the Pacific, we say let Justice flow; let love reign and let there be peace.
He prayed that God should heal our land and give the families and friends of the departed souls the strength to bear the loss.