The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will be receiving the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice at an event in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
In addition, the NPP flagbearer will deliver the keynote address at the award event on the theme “Combating Terror through Education and Peace”.
Explaining the decision to choose Nana Akufo-Addo to receive the award, Dr. Abraham Mathai, President of the Foundation, “the manner in which you (Akufo-Addo) sacrificed your presidential ambitions by accepting to preserve peace in the West African nation of Ghana, at a time of high tension, thereby preventing civil war is truly remarkable.”
Dr. Abraham Mathai further indicated that Nana Akufo-Addo’s “statesman-like qualities have truly distinguished you as the defender of democracy which should be emulated far and beyond.”
The conference is aimed at containing violent extremism and radicalization among youths in India and across nations who are vulnerable to radical groups, in the emergence of extremist outfits across the world.
According to the foundation, “the threat from violent extremism is a global and generational struggle and therefore we understand that the menace of terrorism may be best fought by education and peace. Society today needs peace, tolerance and cohesion to peacefully coexist together in harmony contrary to peddling extremism, hate and xenophobia.”
The presence of the NPP flagbearer at the event, according to Dr. Mathai, “the potential candidate for president in the next elections in the nation of Ghana will greatly enhance the stature and profile of the International Conference where you will give the keynote address.”
The event will also posthumously honour Faaraz Ayaaz Hossain, the brave Bangladeshi youth who was killed in the Dhaka terror attack on July 1st 2016 for refusing to leave behind his friends who were from other countries.
In attendance will be human rights activists, prominent members of civil society, diplomats and members of the Indian government.