By Ebriku John Friday
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev.Dr Yakubu Pam has bagged award of Peace Ambassador from All Muslim Youth Assembly of Nigeria, AMYAN. The award was presented to him in his office at the NCPC corporate headquarters, Abuja on 15th September, 2022.
Rev. Pam expressed his appreciation to the association for finding him worthy of the award, according to him; “the country is going through trying times and it is only right to come up with strategies that will restore peace back to our country”.
He said he was elated to see that the youths are the ones advocating for peace in the country, in his words, “This shows that there is hope for our country Nigeria”. He admonished the youths to “promote the atmosphere of morality as well as have peaceful co-existence and be your brother’s keeper”.
The NCPC boss implored the youths to put more efforts in making their ideas known and do everything possible to execute it. “You have done well, keep it up; we’ll overcome this trial by the grace of god”. He disclosed that the Commission would exchange hands of fellowship to encourage the youths and also work together with them during his peace advocacy visits.
Earlier, the National Secretary of All Muslim Youth Assembly of Nigeria, AMYAN, Mahmud Abubakar in his address said they were in the Commission to familiarize with the Executive Secretary and appreciate him for his tireless effort of maintaining peace, unity and togetherness in the troubled states, according to him,” these works cannot go unnoticed”.
Mahmud condemned negative acts perpetuated by youths in Nigeria who indulge in violence and destruction of lives and properties of innocent citizens. According to him, “these youths lack mentorship, as they instigate violence without cogent reason. He therefore seek for empowerment to help the youths get busy .In his words; “they will not be easily enticed when they are busy”.
He informed that the Association would be organizing a National Peace Summit where both religious leaders and traditional rulers come together to discuss how to tolerate one another and continue with the advocacy on how to synergize the bond to bring back the peaceful and one Nigeria of our dream.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Peace Ambassador award to the Executive Secretary in recognition of his Peace Advocacy and Religious tolerance by the National President of AMYAN, Al Hassan Murtadho. In addition to the award, the association appointed Rev. Pam as their patron, he informed that he would be decorated during their forth coming Summit.