President Paul Kagame has urged the youth who completed the twelfth edition of Indangamirwa series of civic education programme, Itorero, to always strive to live by the Rwandan culture.
He delivered the message on Thursday, 8th August 2019 to 698 young Rwandans who completed the training at Gabiro Combat Training Centre in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.
Encouraging the young people to be custodians of the Rwandan culture as they build their own future and that of the country, the president urged the young citizens to also work hard to speak Kinyarwanda.
“I want to encourage you to learn Kinyarwanda because understanding one’s language is part of culture,” he said.
Speaking about Western threats and targeting against his determination to develop Rwanda, Kagame opined:
“The 1994 genocide was an example of how the West are waiting on us to kill each other so they can share our gold and take our lands. I & your fathers came and stopped the killings.
Now, they are not happy, they might kill me, but before then, I want you to understand that your destiny is in your hands. Do not allow yourselves to be manipulated into thinking that you are inferior.
Do not allow yourselves to be manipulated by Arab religion (I’m talking about Islam) or the Western version of Christianity. This two religions make our people to fight, kill and manipulate each other.
You must protect your cultural heritage, you must protect the lands, you must farm your food, you must protect the forest, you must fly rockets to the space, you must invent AI technology. You’re the pride of Africa, you must always remember this.”