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Monday, 24 September 2012 17:11

Martin Lurther King Center Lauds Rivers Govt Over Peace Initiative

Barbara Harrison(L),  Mrs Amechi (R) Barbara Harrison(L), Mrs Amechi (R) leadership

Martin Lurther King Center Lauds Rivers Govt Over Peace Initiative


The Martin Luther King Center, an initiative formed in honour of the late United States peace advocate, Reverend Martin Luther King, has lauded the government of Rivers state for its peace initiative.


Briefing a delegation of Rivers state that visited the center in Atlanta under the leadership of the wife of the state governor, Dame Judith Amaechi yesterday, the Director of External Affairs of the center, Mrs Barbara Harrison, rated River state as the highest place where peace has been maintained throughout Nigeria.


Mrs Harrison said that the Martin Luther King Center has been following all the political intolerance in some parts of Nigeria, stressing that the efforts of the Rotimi Amaechi-led administration to ensure absolute peace in Rivers state was commendable.


Saying that there was an understanding that Governor Rotimi Amaechi took over the leadership of Rivers State when the issue of militancy was rampant in the state, Barbara Harrison pressed further the center was impressed by the way the governor was able to put the activities of the angry militants under control.


Her words: "Governor of Rivers state has done a lot in keeping peace in his state and i implore all other governors to emulate his worth emulating efforts. At this point, i like to note that the Martin Luther King Center will continue to support the state in its peace initiative"


She also commended the efforts of the first lady of the state, Dame Judith Amaechi, for her continous efforts to give meaningful lives to the women, children and the less privileged ones in the state through the Empowerment Support Initiative {ESI}.


Mrs Harrison however urged the Rivers state first lady who is also the founder of the Empowerment Support Initiative {ESI} not to relent in her efforts to defend the rights of women, young girls, children and physically challenged people through her Non-Governmental Organisation.


In her response, Mrs Amaechi who noted that nothing can change her passion for the less privileged ones said that her NGO will continue to groom the young ones who she said would in future become patriotic and productive individuals to River State, stressing that such individuals, if caught young, will find dignity in labour, uphold ethics, values and good moral standards.


She also lauded the efforts of Reverend Martin Luther King for his outstanding efforts to ensure on peace, adding that the struggles of the United States peace advocate had shown that sustainable peace can only be earned through dialogue.


Her words: "When there is peace, rights of the people are protected. When there is love, the fundamental rights of the people and accelerated development are promoted. A child who begins at infancy to learn about love will surely preach peace, promote peace in his community and respect the rights of others"


Source: Leadership


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