Ambassadors for Peace
Dublin, Ireland – The Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu, has commended the UPF for “the various initiatives of the Universal Peace Federation towards establishing and preserving peace which is required to foster a wealthy and prosperous West Africa to ensure the well-being of the people.” She made the commendation during a courtesy visit by two UPF-Nigeria Ambassadors for Peace in Diaspora, Robert and Vickie Okere, on July 11, 2014, at the Nigerian Mission House on Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland.
The courtesy visit to Amb. Ketebu was to formally introduce the UPF Nigeria Ambassadors for Peace in Diaspora Initiative to her and to congratulate the newly appointed Nigerian diplomat as well as explores areas of partnership for peace in Nigeria and in Ireland.
During the visit, Robert Okere gave an introduction to UPF as well as highlighted some of UPF’s programs/initiatives, especially the recently launched Ambassadors for Peace in Diaspora initiative in Nigeria that seeks to create a new, positive and peaceful image of Nigeria by connecting the diaspora community to peace-building efforts in Nigeria. He said that they encourage Nigerians to contribute to peace in their countries of residence and commit their resources to peacebuilding initiatives in local communities in Nigeria.
Mr. and Mrs. Okorie were appointed Ambassadors for Peace by UPF Nigeria during April 14, 2014, conference marking the 100th anniversary of Nigeria’s 1914 amalgamation. They offered their support to the ambassador on projects during her service in Ireland.
Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland Commends UPF Peace Initiatives
Amb. Ketebu thanked them and urged them to continue to promote peace in their community and be good emissaries of Nigeria. She commended the various initiatives of UPF towards establishing and preserving the peace needed to foster a wealthy and prosperous West Africa and to ensure the well-being of the people. She requested prayers for the peace and progress of Nigeria, stating that, ”lasting peace comes from dialogue usually on a round table.”
Amb. Ketebu spoke about the upcoming Nigeria National Celebration and the Irish/African Investment Summit slated for Oct. 29-31, 2014 in Dublin. This summit is intended to give Irish investors first-hand information on any type of business that they intend to do with Nigeria.
Mr. and Mrs. Okere were delighted at the meeting adding that they are committed to promoting the values of peace. They praised Amb. Ketebu for representing Nigeria in a positive light to the Irish audience and in particular her effort to attract investors from Ireland to the enormous investment opportunities in Nigeria. The visit ended with a presentation of a “Gift of Peace” to the Nigerian diplomat.
UPF-Nigeria is delighted by this emerging opportunity and will continue to encourage the huge community of Nigerians in the diaspora to take up a calling as peace-loving global citizens. UPF-Nigeria is honoured by the keen interest, determination and commitment of Ambassadors for Peace Robert and Vickie Okere.