The central place of tradition as an agent of societal change and development was recently reechoed by the Head of Department of History, University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Christopher Ogbogbo.
Ogbogbo who is also the President of the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), stated this in an inaugural lecture titled: “In Defence Of Tradition” saying that any society or country which neglects the pivotal place of tradition was doomed to experience a crisis of progress and unity.
The erudite scholar who also holds a Masters degree in Law described tradition as an intangible product of a community or group of people that “In the course of interaction over the years develop some set of values that guide and dictate the basis of their activities, actions and interactions.
He added: “It is intangible because it is in the domain of ideas which could be transmogrified into material aspects of existence. This explains why for the professional historians, the tradition of a people is a critical source of reconstructing the peoples’ past.”