By Joshua Olomu
Abuja – Queen Akeelah Aminu, the reigning Miss Ambassador for Peace Africa (MAPA), on Friday donated educational and relief materials to pupils in the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP’S) Camp in the FCT.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Aminu visited the “School Without Wall,’’ located at the IDP camp in New Kuchingoro in Abuja also launched ‘pupils support campaign’ initiative.
According to her, the initiative was a flagship of her pet project ‘Peace Education Campaign’, geared towards promoting education for the less privileged and building peaceful and united Nigeria.
“Education is the strongest tool for empowerment you can give to anyone, because ignorance is an enemy of peace and progress.
“Our dear nation has witnessed unprecedented religious crisis which over the years divided us and set us back economically, and some of this crisis strive among the uninformed ,especially the young people.
“We must promote unity in diversity and advocate common values, fight the same cause and seek permanent solutions to our common problems for us to win together,’’ she said.
The “Peace Ambassador” said there was need to educate young Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and less privileged, in order to ensure a serene and evenly developed society for all.
She therefore called on good spirited individuals, cooperate bodies and all civil society groups to join hands with her in promoting the Peace Education Initiative.
In his remark, the Head Teacher of the school, Mr Sake Audu, who received the items on behalf of the pupils, commended the young beauty queen for her kind gesture.
He therefore urged Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture, saying “government alone cannot take care of the displaced persons.
“Well-meaning Nigerians should remember the IDPs especially these children that need to be educated, and extend their hands of care to them because they deserve good life as well.’’
Some of the pupils expressed gratitude to the visiting queen and her team and urged government to do everything possible to get them back to their homes.
NAN reports that the “Miss Ambassador for Peace Pageant” is organised by the Peace Ambassador Agency, a non-governmental organisation, advocating peaceful and united Nigeria.
Earlier, Mr Kingsley Amafibe, Project Director of the Peace Ambassador Agency, who led the team to the camp, called on Nigerians to identify with the Foundation.
He said that achieving and sustaining peace and development needed collective efforts of all citizens.
“This Miss Ambassador for Peace initiative has been a vehicle through which we carry the message of peace across Nigeria.
“We, as an agency, have sought peace and we have preached peace through this unique platform that we have taken to different states and communities.
“The peace education campaign, which is targeted mainly at the youth, has reached institutions of higher learning and other youth communities through the Peace Ambassador project,’’ he said.(NAN)