Confusion has trailed the purported appointment of Nollywood star, Tonto Dikeh, as Peace Ambassador of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) which the actress, herself, announced in an Instagram post, Friday morning, February 26.
In that Instagram post, Tonto had written;
”I AM NOW A PROUD NIGERIA CHRISTIAN PILGRIM COMMISSION(NCPC) AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE BUILDING••
“Yesterday, 25th February, 2021, yours Director, Socials & Empowerment @cymsnigeris was warmly received by Rev. Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) at his Head Office, Abuja @pamyaks, where we had an extensive deliberation on NCPC vision, dissecting the values for national development and youth involvement in peace building in line with the NCPC’s mandate. I was accompanied by Amb. Chris Odey @goodwillambassadorevents The Tonto Dikeh Foundation, Project Coordinator.
“As a humanitarian, I also felt it is imperative for a few youths to have a feel of this laudable initiative through The Tonto Dikeh Foundation in partnership with NCPC where 10 Nigerians will be sponsored on this year’s Pilgrimage activities sponsored by @officalthetontodikehfoundation.
“Finally, I wish to announce my position as the new Ambassador of the Commission for Peace Building. Need your prayers as we embark on peace building across the six (6) geopolitical zones of the nation because peace is indispensable.
Yours in Nation building
King Tonto Dikeh,
Socials & Empowerment.”
Tonto’s visit to the NCPC office was also captured by Rev. Pam in an Instagram post on Thursday.
He wrote: “Today I received the Director, Socials and Empowerment, Committee of Youth on Mobilization and Sensitization (CYMS) @tontolet of @officalthetontodikehfoundation.”
But barely 24 hours after her media announcement as the new NCPC Ambassador for Peace Building, the commission has come all out to deny its appointment of Tonto into such sensitive position.
Announcing this in a statement, Saturday, NCPC’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Celestine Toruka, denied it all, saying: “The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, wishes to state in categorical terms that Tonto Dikeh paid an official courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, on February 25, 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 with 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 viral 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 own 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.”
But reacting to NCPC’s claim on the purported appointment, Tonto insisted her own claim is evidence-based, pointing to negative forces as being behind the commission’s sudden change of mind.
‘‘There are video proofs, but I would rather respect the commission’s decision and take the Fall. Thanks to every Christian body that fought against this growth,” she lamented.