Three artifacts returned to Nigeria


Three Nigerian artifacts were repatriated to the country by the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, Ambassador Lot Egopija
Amb. Egopija handed over the artifacts to the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja, Nigeria.

He said the three artifacts were a plaque of a 16th and 17th century Benin kingdom warrior chief, a junior court official with a sword and a 14th or mid-14th century Ife zinc brass head. Fifteenth century.

According to the Ambassador, the artifacts should be used to encourage tourism as they have done in museums in New York to enlighten Nigerians about the history of the artifact.

“People will now know the significance and Nigerians will also learn and become familiar with some of these artifacts that were taken away at some point in our national history,” he said.

The Nigerian Foreign Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has commended the Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Professor Abba Isa Tijani, for brokering the return of these artefacts to the country.

Mr Onyeama said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would work to ensure that every artefact outside the country is returned despite foreign arguments that Nigeria is unable to keep such artefacts.

“We also need to try harder to make sure we have suitable places to keep them.

Very often they are centuries-old, old and fragile artefacts, which must be preserved under certain conditions.

So that our people can have the benefit of seeing them and our children learn about our history and our culture,” he said.

The minister called on the National Commission for Museums and Monuments to sensitize and enlighten the public on the artefacts to prevent theft, adding that they are assets that can contribute to the country’s economy, education and tourism.

Professor Abba Isa Tijani, who notes that the Nigerian government is working to ensure that all artefacts outside the country are returned to Nigeria, added that the government is ensuring that appropriate accommodation is built for the artifacts taking into account that the artifacts are placed in the international framework. exhibitions to generate revenue for the country.

He said negotiations were underway to ensure that all artifacts in Germany, Glasgow, Britain and other countries are returned to Nigeria.

Dominique Nwabufo
Three artifacts returned to Nigeria

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