The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission has denied appointing Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh as an ambassador for peace building.
The actress had visited the NCPC office in Abuja on Thursday and met the commission’s executive secretary Rev Yakubu Pam. She then claimed in a press release on Friday that she had been appointed ambassador.
However, following reports about the alleged appointment, NCPC boss Pam in a statement on Friday night posted to Instagram said Tonto was never appointed ambassador, adding that the public should discard the report.
The statement reads: “I wish to state in categorical terms that King @tontolet paid an official courtesy visit to me as the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission on 25th February, 2021 at the corporate headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.
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“As the founder of @officalthetontodikehfoundation she expressed her willingness and interest in partnering with the Commission in the area of peacebuilding.
“She equally cashed in on the visit to commend me the NCPC boss for my positive and relentless peace initiatives across the country.
“However, I am suddenly inundated with claims from King Tonto Dikeh herself that she has been officially appointed as Ambassador of peace by this great Commission. This claim has gone viral in the media.
“The Commission frowns at this claim which is a clear misrepresentation of what transpired.
“The fact remains that the I the Executive Secretary of NCPC never appointed King Tonto Dikeh as an Ambassador of Peace for NCPC and this was not part of her visit therefore this claim by her is spurious, unfounded and should be discarded and seen by all Nigerians as a figment of her imagination.
“Nevertheless, we appreciate her desire to partner with us in our peace-building initiatives and in the area of pilgrimage sponsorship to the Holy Land.”
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