The State Security Adviser to Kogi State Government, Navy Cdr. Jerry Omodara (Rtd), has felicitates with Kiri people of the Bunu extraction on the occasion of their annual yam festival.
Omodara also charged them to embraced their cultural identities as a people; this he said will Forster unity and helped in the development of the land.
The state security adviser also encouraged the people of the area to embrace farming as a profession, stressing that farming will curb idleness, tackles poverty and reduce crimes in the area.
Omodara stated this in Aiyetoro-Kiri, during the New Yam festival, where he was given a rousy welcome.
He congratulated the Olukiri of Kiri Kingdom, Oba J.A Ikusemoro, the Asiwaju of Kiri kingdom, Prof. Olu Obafemi, the Asoju of Kiri kingdom, Bar. Femi Mokikan, the Maiyegun of Kiri kingdom, Mr Femi Melefa and the entire Kiri Kingdom for yet another historical landmark of the festivities.
“The Kiri Emidin Festival is an age long cultural heritage as well as a pride of the Kiri people all over the world. It is a festival of love and peace; and a time for reconciliation and thanksgiving to God Almighty for His grace over the ages and the previous year upon the people of Kiri kingdom. It’s a time to pull off our political differences and come together as one to promote our culture and celebrate.” He said.
He also stated further by describing the Kiri people as hard working, peace loving, generous, accommodating, and committed people that had relentlessly contributed to the growth and development of Bunu Kingdom and Okun Nation at large.
He submitted by wishing the Kiri Kingdom a successful and productive Emidin festival celebration.
He however donated N50,000 in his personal capacity to the community and another N50,000 onbehalf of the Okun United for Ododo Forum.