Nigeria Recovers Stolen 600-year-old Ife Terracotta

Nigeria Recovers Stolen 600-year-old Ife Terracotta

A 600-year-old Ife terracotta that was smuggled out of the country in 2019 has been recovered by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Terracotta was formally received by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the hands of his Foreign Relations counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, in the company of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria, Mr. Harry van Dijk.

While receiving the artifact at his office in Abuja on Thursday, Alhaji Mohammed said that the return of the stolen Ife Terracotta marks a milestone in Nigeria’s efforts to secure the return of the country’s antiquities.

“It gives me deep joy to receive such an important antique, an Ife Terracotta, which is at least 600 years old. I am even more pleased that our efforts to bring back Nigerian antiquities, which we launched last November, have begun to bear fruit.” he said.

The Minister of Information and Culture said the government’s determination to seek the repatriation of the nation’s timeless and priceless artifacts was reinforced by President Muhammadu Buhari’s marching order for Nigeria to take advantage of tourism and other fields, where Nigeria has comparative advantages, to generate income. for the nation and safe jobs for our youth.

“One way to generate income for the country is if our cultural properties are exhibited around the world to a paying audience, based on the right agreement that recognizes us as owners and gives us the right benefits. But this is not possible while most of them adorn the museums and private collections of others, who describe them as their property. he said.

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