Abuja - First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has identified the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) as an important institution in the building and strengthening peace in Africa. She said peace was essential for meaningful development in the continent.
Following a meeting with the First Lady of South Sudan, Mary Ayen Mayardit, in the State House in Abuja, Jonathan said the Peace Mission had the mandate of conflict prevention and management as well as making, keeping and building peace through civil, humanitarian and diplomatic action among others.
While highlighting the negative consequences of the absence of peace, she explained that the most vulnerable groups in conflict situations were women and children.
She also noted that the African First Ladies Peace Mission under her Presidency, had provided relief material to African countries, including South Sudan, affected by civil strife.
The visiting First Lady solicited for assistance from Nigeria in the integration of the people of Abyei Region into South Sudan.
“I am also asking you in your capacity as the President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission to lobby for us towards the integration of Abyei Region into South Sudan,” she pleaded.
- CAJ News