In recognition of his contributions to international peace, unity, and the advancement of human capital, the International Peace Commission (IPC) has named Mr. Henry Chekwube Okafor, a philanthropist and the chairman of Multiple Hems World Accessories with headquarters in Lagos, a “Global Ambassador for Peace.”
The Anambra-born humanitarian received the medal and decoration at a ceremony on Saturday in Lekki, Lagos State, which was attended by his family, friends, and acquaintances from all walks of life.
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Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, Director of Peace and Conflict Resolution of the IPC, alongside other officials of the commission, handed the plaque and certificate of award to Amb. Henry Chekwube Okafor.
In his congratulatory message, which a copy was made available to newsmen in Abuja, Amafibe stated that the recognition was given to Okafor for his humanitarian gesture across Nigeria, especially to the less privileged and his passion for economic empowerment for youths, which were fundamental to national peace building.
He noted that though there were a lot of Nigerians who were working towards national peace and development in different ways, Okafor was a ‘detribalized and selfless peace builder.’
He therefore urged the new Peace Ambassador not to rest on his oars, but to get more committed to peace building initiatives across Nigeria and beyond.
Amafibe said the award was given by IPC with support from Peace Achievers International, a Civil Society Group.
“When his name was sent to us, we carefully did a thorough check on him and discovered that he has been a silent peace builder through his numerous humanitarian initiatives.
“ Of course, global peace is now a serious concern, and our country is not left out, that is why we encourage everyone to be an agent of peace,” he said
In his remark, Amb. Henry Chekwube Okafor, who hailed from Awka South of Anambra State, expressed delight for the honour and pledged not to relent in his service and contribution to national peace and progress.
“This honour is an indication that people are watching us wherever we are, especially as one make selfless effort to serve humanity.
“I am grateful for this recognition and I hope to do more in our collective effort towards building a better Nigeria,” he said.