Nigeria: Oby Ezekwesili looses 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.
London, October 5, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili has missed out on The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize which has been awarded to campaigners against rape in warfare Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.
Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said the pair were “crucial” in fighting the crimes.
“They have treated thousands of victims of assaults in a long-lasting civil war that has cost the lives of thousands of Congolese”, she added.
Denis Mukwege, is a gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, an activist and victim of war crimes
The award was given for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict, the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement Friday.
The PRIO director, Henrik Urdal, describing Ezekwesili said,
“Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education in Nigeria and Vice President for Africa in the World Bank and one of the founders of Transparency International, has been an international champion in the fight against corruption. Ezekwesili was also the Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), leading the first-ever national implementation of the global EITI standards.”
“Even though transparency and anti-corruption champions have not traditionally been considered as obvious candidates for the Peace Prize… A Nobel Peace Prize to the field of anti-corruption and transparency would be a welcome boost now that key actors such as the U.S. have abandoned the EITI by the wayside.”
Some 331 individuals and organisations were nominated for the prestigious peace award this year.
The record of 376 candidates was set in 2016.