African First Ladies Peace Mission donates relief materials to Mali

First Lady, Patience Jonathan

The relief materials include food items, clothing, drugs, beddings and other essential items.

The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) has donated 16 plane-load of relief materials to victims of violent conflict in Mali.

A statement signed by Ayo Osinlu, the Special Assistant (Media) to the Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, stated that the aid, which included food items, clothing, drugs, beddings and other essential items, were received at a brief ceremony in the Malian capital, Bamako.

Mrs. Jonathan, the President of the AFLPM, who was represented by the Minister of State for Abuja, Jumoke Akinjide, presented the aid to the First Lady of Mali, Mintou Traore.

“In fulfilment of the resolve of First Ladies of Africa to contribute their quota to checking the wind of violence spreading across Africa, the Mission has taken its peace advocacy to Mali where several insurgent groups have been fighting the Malian government for independence or greater autonomy,” Mrs. Jonathan said. “We reiterate our appeal for all countries to embrace a peaceful means of resolving differences in our various societies and work more to prevent violence and war.”

The president’s wife stressed the urgent need to change the image of wars and violence with which Africa is portrayed to that of a peaceful, stable and developing continent who settle scores by dialogue.

“I express the commitment of African First Ladies to contributing to peace efforts in the areas of advocacy, capacity building, negotiation, reconciliation, provision of relief materials and involvement in the rehabilitation of victims of conflicts,” she said.

The ceremony, according to the statement, was also witnessed by the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Sia Koroma.

(NAN)


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