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Peace Corps Honour’s AVM Morgan, Others With SAP AWARD




The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), accorded a special consultative status by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a non-governmental and uniformed youth organization that focuses on working with the youth in getting to know them, their personalities, their dreams and aspirations, their fears, their failures, their successes and their passions with a view of building, harnessing and redirecting their productive energies towards the Socio-economic and Political advancement of the Nation. 

Founded by a youth strategist, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh, FCITr, FCPA on the 10th of July 1998, in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. PCN, in its commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development in Nigeria. After dissipating a lot of energy into research work in a bid to enforce a functional and sustainable growth in youth development and re-orientation. Amb. 
Akoh observed that Nigeria hitherto is endowed with one of the best human and natural resources where the youth could use and attain their full potentials. He however identified the absence of a comprehensive and practical orientation programme which will serve as a social mechanism towards  meeting modern day challenges. 

This, in his findings, constituted an impediment to the positive development of the Nigerian youths. Hence he took the historic step of forming PCN with its motto as Discipline and Patriotic Services. This organization has grown to be a needful tool for several states in the federation in terms of security, youthful orientation and employment. The vision and mission of PCN is encapsulated in the aims and objectives of the Corps which is to “Train, Educate and Re-orientate the Youths on their future leadership roles in the society, the Art of nation building, Respect for Constituted Authorities, the Rule of Law and Democratic Principle as well as imparting a high sense of citizenship and good leadership in the youths.” The peace corps of Nigeria recently awarded well-meaning Nigerians whom have contributed immensely to the growth, stability and survival of the present Nigeria drawing from appointees, political office holders, academicians,  philanthropist and security chieftains.

Amongst those recently awarded with the Senior Advocate of Peace (SAP) award were Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo fca, fcib, oon Executive Governor of Gombe state, (Talban Gombe), Distinguish Sen. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim representing Kwara South senatorial District. Distinguish Sen. Binta Masi Garba, Prof. Chief Nick Chika Ezeh, Ph.D, (Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee) FCT Command,  Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, wife of the speaker of the house of Reps, Chief Dr. Eduwu Ekhator Obasogie (JP) The Obasogie of Benin Kingdom HRH Alhaji Aliyu Musdafa Muhammed Barkindo Ph.D, CFR, Lamido of Adamawa, amongst others. 

Our spotlight today will be on one of Nigerians finest Air force officers and the erstwhile Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM Monday Riku Morgan whom was conferred with a senior Advocate of peace (SAP) award by the peace corps of Nigeria. Air vice marshall (AVM) Monday Riku Morgan  rtd, a man full of respect, humility, perseverance, hard-work and intelligence. It is no news that this patriot, nationalist and security scribe assumed several positions in the Nigerian air force but was risen to the peak of his career to serve as chief defense intelligence (CDI) in the president Muhammadu  Buhari’s regime, it will be of great interest to recall that this pragmatic and untwisted security colossus was one amongst the first persons to be appointed in this regime.
     The appointment of AVM Monday Morgan by the Buhari’s administration was a great joy to the people Of Benue, middle belt and Nigeria at large due to his antecedents as a relentless strategist and intelligent tactician in security matters ,  his appointment as described by many is putting a square peg in a square hole, However a job well-done by the number one  citizen of the country in standing by his words of selecting capable hands in government positions and also appointing right thinking fellows to help  combat crime .i.e.  Tackling insurgency, kidnapping and militancy etc. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Buhari”s integrity clearly showed that the appointment of (AVM) Monday Morgan  was on merit along the other service chiefs, unlike in the past were merits were likely considered. Thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari for proving his words,appointing our son as the chief of defense intelligence at that critical time reflects the unbiased character and true leadership brevity of president Buhari. 

Nigeria, Benue and particularly the  Idomas are proud that their  son took the appointment seriously and committed himself by not wearing his values as badge but through his actions and conducts contributed largely to degrade the dreaded Islamic sect Boko  Haram, he would be conspicuously mentioned in the history books of Nigeria as a major player in the success recorded. This award intends to recognize and celebrate the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to end conflicts of any kind and promote the culture of peace.

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