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Ambassadors for Peace Initative in Nigeria
December 4, 2007

Sec. Gen. Awards the Deputy Comptroller General of Customs Mrs. Ako
"I am particularly impressed with the Universal Peace Federation for its focus on the family as the textbook of peace," Justice Minister and Attorney General of Nigeria, Hon. Michael Aondoakaa, stated upon his return to Nigeria after participating in UPF's International Leadership Conference in New York.

One month after the September International Leadership Conference that was part of UPF's Assembly 2007, UPF-Nigeria held a welcome home reception and dinner for the Nigerian delegation sent by H.E Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The delegation was led in New York by the Attorney General.

This high-level gathering provided a forum for the Attorney General to report about the international conference to Nigerians. "When I addressed the Assembly 2007," he said, "I emphasized that Africa and the whole world will launch into an era of sustained peace if we commit ourselves to strict adherence to the rule of law. The rule of law guarantees peace and order, safety, and security. The rule of law guarantees a process and a procedure which completely eliminates tension. The rule of law guarantees due process and assures every other citizen of remedy when rights are trampled upon."

The Nigerian delegation to UPF's Assembly 2007 included the former President Chief Ernest Shonekan, the Secretary General and National Coordinator, Olaleye Alao, and other dignitaries.

"Peace is such a precious gem that must be sought for by all peoples the world over," the Attorney General continued. "There is, therefore, no sacrifice too great for the sake of realizing a unified peaceful world, country, or community. In fact, peace comes with freedom, but there is no freedom without responsibility."

In addition to providing an opportunity to report on Assembly 2007, the gathering on October 25 at the Transcorp Hilton highlighted the interest of government officials in UPF peace efforts in Nigeria.

It also afforded an opportunity for the appointment of new Ambassadors for Peace: Mallam Abubakar Jijiwa, Director General of the Voice of Nigeria Radio; Dr. Babatunde Adebowale Brown (MFM), Deputy Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration; David Akosa Okongwu, Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition Promotion (Notap); Chief (Mrs.) Rhoda Mhunde Ako, Assistant Comptroller General/Secretary to the Board of the Nigeria Customs Service; Hon. Johnson Aigbudu Abolagba Esq., Member of the Federal House of Representative; Abuja Commissioner of Police Haruna John; Patrick Chima Ikeji, Director of the National Sports Development Commission; Dr. Ibn Chambers, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); Miss Duru Uchenna Antoinette Ngozi, ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja; Dr. Godwin Timothy N Ajakpo (Oon), the Galadima of Lokoja; Dennis Ude Ekumankama, Director/Secretary of the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission; Dr. Mabel Ozumba (Ph.D. Edu.), Director of the Federal Ministry of Education; Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Gusau, Mfr, Honourable Minister of State; Hajiya A'ishatu Jibril Dukku (Mrs.), Honourable Minister of State; Mthembisi Mjikeliso, Minister/Counselor of the Embassy of South Africa in Nigeria.

Existing Ambassadors for Peace attended with their guests, among whom were former first ladies.

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