A south Korean woman, Dr. (Mrs) Hak Ja Han Moon who co-founded the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with her husband, Reverend Sun Myung Moon will arrive Nigeria’s capital, Abuja tomorrow for a two-day interactive conference with a cross section of Nigerians, including top-government functionaries.
At a press conference held by the Nigerian chapter of the universal Peace Federation in Abuja on Wednesday and addressed by Rev. George Ikpot, Mrs Moon’s visit to Nigeria as part of her 180-nation tour will feature a speech on the theme of “God’s model ideal family and Nations and the peace Kingdom.”
Rev. George Ikpot, who is the co-ordinator of the Nigerian Chapter of the organization said that the peace federation has been in active in youth and family counseling as a way of promoting peace and building bridges of understanding, in the larger society. He further explained that the federation, which has a special consultative status with the United Nations, Economic and Social Council has been involved in peace advocacy across the world and was a quite facilitator of the peace building effort in the middle east between the Israelis and Palestinians.
An American peace activist, Rev Micheal Kailey, who also addressed the conference along his Nigerian counterpart, said that the unique thing about the peace advocacy of the federation is that it intends to mobilise funds to build transnational infrastructure as practical bridges among all mankind. He said that even though the home land of the founders of the peace federation, Korea, is divided and have one of the world largest militarized frontiers, the activities of the peace campaigning couples have brought some rapprochement and reduced tension on the peninsula, remarking that peace activities does not grab as much headline as the drop of a bomb. He urged and challenged the media to partner in the peace endeavour across the world.
The UPF according to its statement “recognizes that tribal, national, racial and religious divisions render our religious and other institutions ineffectual in dealing with crises such as violence, poverty, family and widespread corruption that plague our world.” The Universal Peace Federation, is an interreligious and international federation for world peace. Its Nigerian chapter has as its registered trustees, Alhaji Shiekh A Lemu and former secretary to the federal government, Alhaji Shehu Musa, who co-addressed the press conference, among others.