Report by Kambideen Ahmed
Monday 21st September, 2015 was this year’s United Nation World Peace Day. This very important annual event was marked with a speech and awards ceremony where some members of society in Nigeria were recognized for their contribution towards establishment of peace and welfare of fellow humans in and around their places of existence.
Many were nominated, but the chosen were few and the final awardees were privileged to be honored with one form of award or another at the occasion, which was organized by the Nigeria Chapter of World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) led by it Nigerian Representative Mr. Mojima Etokudo (JP). WPPS is a non-governmental organization associated with Department of Public Information at the United Nations.
The celebrations witnessed the attendance of some prominent personalities amongst which were Chairman of the Occasion Dr. Yusuf Maitama Abubakar, Galadiman Kano Alhaji Abbas Sunusi, Vice Chancellor Of KUST Wudil, Prof. Shehu Alhaji Musa, The Guest Speaker Alhaji Garba Yusuf Abubakar and several others.
Prominent among dignitaries who received the awards include Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule Dan-Masanin Kano, Prof. Shehu Musa Vice Chancellor KUST Wudil, Senator Solomon Dalong, Hajiya Binta Rabiu a Permanent Secretary with the state government, Alhaji AbdulHamid Hassan AbdulHamid North-west Regional Marketing Manager of MTN and Arc. Tijjani Muhammad Musa Founder and President, The Kwandala Foundation and many more deserving recipients.
A very inspiring gathering with lots and lots refreshing moments, pomp and grandeur, those in attendane were left feeling nostalgic with the peaceful mood of the happening. However, it was the speech of the orator per excellence Alhaji Yusuf maitama Sule that was the hype of the occasion. He delivered a rich and eloquent piece on peace on earth and its attending benefits that had the whole auditorium mesmerize to complete stand still and awe.
The theme of this year’s event was Partnerships For Peace; Dignity For All. The event was celebrated at 500 Seater Theater of Kano State University of Science & Technology (KUST) Wudil, Kano with the famous Koroso Dancers, the Kano State international cultural troupe = on hand to provide the much needed entertainment break. Music unique to the world renowned group, captivating dance steps, acrobatic display and some magic shows were on offer to the visibly thrilled guests.
This year’s World Peace Day was a well organized, promptly scheduled and executed event. It may be recalled that last year’s similar Day was celebrated on Friday 19th September, 2014 at Akwa Ibom Governor’s Office Annex in the Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State. And for the 2016 gathering, the day and venue it is yet to be fixed, but might be somewhere in South-west Nigeria according to the event’s organizers. Till then, “May Peace Reign On Earth” as their slogan goes.
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