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Controversy: Unease as Gani Adams, Otunba Runsewe clash (video)

– There were moments of unease at the 2016 New Telegraph Economic Summit in Lagos

– A brief rift erupted between Otunba Gani Adams and Otunba Segun Runsewe

– Chief Gani Adams accused Runsewe of not fully supporting culture and tourism when he served as director of NTDC

– Gani said Runsewe was in the habit of shying away from cultural programs especially those which he (Gani) organised

A tensed atmosphere it was at Sheraton Hotel Lagos, when the 2016 New Telegraph Economic Summit took a new dimension as experts and professionals in various fields gathered to channel a new course for Nigeria “Beyond The Oil Economy”.

The summit which held on Thursday, March 17, had various plenary sessions which all ran smoothly till a brief hiccup was experienced at the session where the Nigerian heritage was brought to the fore as a vehicle for arriving at the destination of a new economy.

At the session were culture and tourism were dissected as tools in the diversification process, the speaker Otunba Segun Runsewe was challenged by the convener of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), Otunba Gani Adams.

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Member body of Benchers, Chief Ziggy Azike and National coordinator of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Oodua People’s Congress, (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams during the New Telegraph Economic summit in Lagos. Photo: Michael Obasa

Chief Gani accused Runsewe of not supporting culture and tourism to the fullest while he served as Director General, Nigeria Tourist Development Corporation (NTDC).

According to the OPU convener, for the seven years in which Runsewe was director, he avoided all the cultural festivals put together by Otunba Gani Adams for reasons that they were enshrined in “fetish practices” .

Gani said it is sad that his organisation puts together about 13 cultural festivals to promote culture and encourage tourism. He stressed that Runsewe did not support any of the festivals within his time in office.

On his part, Otunba Runsewe said that he has a policy not to attend any festival that is demonic and which is not in the interest the Nigerian people.

Below is a short clip from the summit, showing the controversial reply of Otunba Runsewe to claims by Otunba Gani Adams.

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