Governor calls for peace, unity

Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio are seen during Sekrenyi celebration at Tuophema on February 25. (Morung Photo/Chizokho Vero)
Tuophema | February 26 : The picturesque Tuophema tourist village wore a festive look today with traditional finery, folk dances and songs as a grand Sekrenyi celebration took place here in the presence of Governor Nikhil Kumar, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and tourists from various countries. Cultural dances from Phusachodumi (Chakhesang) and Kasha group (Rengma) added attraction to the festival.
Nikhil, Rio grace grand Sekrenyi celebration at Tuophema
Extending greetings to the Angamis on the occasion of Sekrenyi festival, Governor Nikhil Kumar was hopeful that the festival would bring peace and unity. He said most of the festivals have rituals to seek blessing of Almighty and he appealed to the Naga tribes to seek blessing of Almighty to bring permanent peace and unity in Nagaland to march forward in the path of development.
“We need peace in this state,” Governor said and stressed on the need of hour for all people to contribute in whatever way they can for peace. The Governor stated that it is only through peace that development will take place and Nagaland would attain progress. He said development and peaceful atmosphere is the urgent need especially for younger generation so that they can learn the advanced methods to cope with the fast developing world community.
Also stressing on the need of hour to maintain unity, he cited the example of today’s Sekrenyi celebration of Angamis which was participated by Chakhesang and Rengma tribes by presenting cultural dances which indicated the essence of coming together and this type of unity will lead to cooperation among various tribes to make a united Nagaland.
Touching on the unique culture and heritage of Nagas, he said this should be properly focused globally, which would in turn attract outsiders. The Governor was also appreciative of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for taking step to promote culture and tradition of Nagas and also working for the development of the state. He appealed to the Chief Minister to go forward so that Naga society can shine in the world.
The programme, chaired by Phrenyümo Seyie, advisor, Tuophema Village Council, commenced with invocation prayer by Rev. Rüdilhou Rio while opening song was presented by BKK, Tuophema Baptist Church. Kevisa Kense, Joint Director, Directorate of fisheries proposed vote of thanks. The programme was followed by Sekrenyi feast. Day two programme (February 27) will start from 12:00 noon onwards. The programme will be marked by folk song competition.