Zambian Defence Course 25/23 Visit NCAC, Sue For Cultural Tie
Nigeria and the Republic of Zambia have resolved to inculcate indigenous culture in their rules of engagement as a veritable bridge between the Military and the civil society to enhance the civil- military relationship in their countries.
This decision was reached when a delegation from the Zambian Defense Services Command and Staff College Course 25/23 paid a courtesy visit on the Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe at the headquarters of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in Abuja.
The visit is a study tour to Nigeria as course requirements for participants in the area of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Music.
Speaking, the head of the delegation Col. Masheke Mutemwa who represented the Commandant , Zambian Defense Services Command and Staff College said the visit was part of the curriculum of the college which provides opportunity for the course participants to undertake a tour of various countries of the world to share cultural ideas and build strong diplomatic ties.
He added that aim of this visit was to conduct research into the cultural similarities between both countries as well as the efforts and impacts of the Nigerian government on regional and international stability through briefs and interactive sessions.
“The comprehension of culture is crucial to security because as military members we work in areas where cultures differ. So, we should understand the different cultures for successful military operations ” he stressed.
Col. Mutemwa mentained that the participants were pleased to visit the home of culture in Nigeria to understudy how the country has been able to co-exist despite her multi cultural differences in nature, which has aided human capital, and economic development in the African sub region. He promised to use the outcome of their visit as bedrock for cultural collaboration between both countries.
In his response, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe who is also the President, World Craft Council (WCC) African Region, expressed delight over the visit, which according to him will open vistas of cultural exchange and collaboration between Nigeria and the Republic of Zambia
The DG noted that apart from military hardware, it is also a step in the right direction for the military to undertake studies on the Arts, Culture and Tourism sectors of other countries using their Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) approach to discover the culutral manifestations and strengths of their regions in their military engagements.
According to Runsewe, this will provide a rewarding platform for cultural diplomacy and tolerance around the world. He reiterated the need for harmony among various countries of the world.
Commending the delegation on their visit, Runsewe stressed that the military should not be about war and the protection of national boundaries against external aggression but should be a tool for unifying the people, and the promotion of peaceful coexistence amongst its people.
Referencing Nigeria’s establishment of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Runsewe said NAFEST illustrates Nigerian national unity and cultural diversity in its assembly of different ethnic groups, with the aim of fostering cultural appreciation and understanding.
The festival also provides a platform for national minorities to showcase their talent, and to demonstrate their culture through different forms of art. The festival draws a large international audience each year, serving as a tool of global education according to the Director General.
The Highlight of the visit was the presentation of cultural gifts and souvenirs to the delegation by the Director General of the Council.