Abuja (Office of the First Lady Report) – The wife of Nigerian President, Patience Jonathan, who is the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission has said that sustainable peace can be achieved if everyone is committed to upholding it.
The First Lady stated this on Tuesday June 10, 2014 in Abuja when she received the delivery of some office equipment from the Government of China on behalf of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).
Patience Jonathan recalled that the visit of the Premier of the People’s Democratic Republic of China to Nigeria, Li Keqiang to Abuja recently afforded her the opportunity of fruitful discussions with the wife of the Premier, Cheng Hong. She further stated that the Premier’s wife had offered to assist the Peace Mission with donations of office equipment for use in its secretariat. “Today’s formal presentation of the equipment is a fulfillment of the promise made by Cheng Hong to support the modest efforts and contributions of the Peace Mission’s objectives,” she noted.
While expressing appreciation to Cheng Hong and the Government of China for the items, Patience Jonathan said that the equipment would be put to effective use in the Peace Mission Secretariat. She commended the good relations between Nigeria and the People’s Democratic Republic of China, saying the Mission has been steadfast in her commitment to the promotion of peace in Africa.
In his remarks, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie stated that the Chinese Government is highly impressed with the passion and commitment with which the First Lady intensified peace initiatives imploring the AFLPM. He also applauded her support to under-privileged children as well as women empowerment programmes through the ‘A. Aruera Reachout Foundation’ and the ‘Women for Change and Development Initiative.’ He added that his government is willing to collaborate with the AFLPM as well as the First Lady’s NGOs.
He further explained that the African First Ladies Peace Mission is an international organization that helps to build and strengthen the culture of peace and development in Africa, while offering support and services to victims of conflict, especially among women and children in African countries.
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