The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, made this clarification in a statement on Friday night.
The actress had earlier through her social media handles celebrated her appointment as an ambassador of the Commission, where she posted a picture of herself and the executive secretary of the Commission, and she wrote: “I am now a proud Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission Ambassador for peace building.”
The appointment of the movie star was kicked against by many Nigerians, who prefer a devoted Christian for such position.
In his statement, Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, said: “I wish to state in categorical terms that Tonto Dikeh paid an official courtesy visit to me as the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission on 25th February, 2021 at the corporate headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.
“As the founder of The Tonto Dikeh Foundation, she expressed her willingness and interest in partnering with the Commission in the area of peace building.
“She equally cashed in on the visit to commend me the NCPC boss for my positive and relentless peace initiatives across the country.
“However, I am suddenly inundated with claims from Tonto Dikeh herself that she has been officially appointed as Ambassador of peace by this great Commission. This claim has gone virile in the media.
“The Commission frowns at this claim which is a clear misrepresentation of what transpired. The fact remains that the I the Executive Secretary of NCPC never appointed Tonto Dikeh as an Ambassador of Peace for NCPC and this was not part of her visit therefore this claim by her is spurious, unfounded and should be discarded and seen by all Nigerians as a figment of her imagination.
“Nevertheless, we appreciate her desire to partner with us in our peace building initiatives and in the area of pilgrimage sponsorship to the Holy Land.”
The statement which was signed by the Head of Media and Public Relations of the agency was released on the 26th February, 2021