The rich culture of the Donga people of Taraba State was on display penultimate week. The occasion was when His Highness, Dr. Danjuma Banyonga MFR. Garbosa 111, Gara Donga, was appointed as Ambassador for Peace of United Nation-Polac.
It was a unique gathering as UN-Polac Mayor for Peace, Mr Lucky Igbokwe (Don Lulu) presented the Gara Donga with the medal of honor and plaque as the latest UN-Polac Ambassador for Peace. Continue…
Mr. Igbokwe who represented the International President Obong Dr. Halo B. Eton,JP,MP, said the first class chief of the Donga, was chosen based on his track record as a peace maker of note. Expectedly, the event was witnessed by eminent personalities within and outside the state, which had the acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar represented by the commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Musa Tende.
In his speech, The Acting governor reiterated the importance of peace in any community and said the recognition was a symbolic gesture reflecting the Gara Donga as an embodiment of peace. He further called on the people to continue to emulate his ideals for an even development as only at peace time that development is assured.
He also urged the people of Donga to learn from the history of wars and always ensure peace in their domain as a tool for development.
In his acceptance speech the Gara Donga expressed appreciation to the Trustees of UN-Polac and UNESCO for finding him worthy of the appointment. He described it as an added impetus to several awards on peace in the past while pledging to justify the confidence reposed on him.
his words: ?I am honored to be so recognized and by UNESCO and UN-Polac. For this honour I promise to continue to make peace as a way of life.?
As a mark of respect and unity among the people of Donga, several cultural troupes reflecting its diversity, came out in their large numbers to entertain the eminent guests.