The Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission has denied a claim by star actress, Tonto Dikeh, that it appointed her as its ambassador.
The commission said although it hosted her upon her request, it never made any such appointment.
A claim by Dikeh to the effect of the ambassadorship has generated a lot of controversy, with many saying the commission erred, based on what they believe is the actress’s social status.
Here is the statement in which the commission refuted the claim on Friday:
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC wishes to state in categorical terms that King Tonto Dikeh paid an official courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev Yakubu Pam on 25th February, 2021 at the corporate headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.
As the founder of Tonto Dikeh Foundation, she expressed her willingness and interest in partnering the Commission in the area of peace building.
She equally cashed in on the visit to commend the NCPC boss for his positive and relentless peace initiatives across the country.
However, we are 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 virile in the media.
The Commission frowns at this claim which is a clear misrepresentation of what transpired.
The fact remains that the Executive Secretary of NCPC never appointed King Tonto Dikeh 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 .
Head Media and Public Relations NCPC
26th February, 2021.
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