Former Education Minister and Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign Oby Ezekwesili has made PRIO’s final shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize 2018.
The Director of PRIO Henrik Urdai revealed the final shortlist for the 2018 prize with Ezekwesili making the list.
However, the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 went to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
“Oby 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,” Urdai said
“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.
“Ezekwesili and EITI are worthy candidates because of their efforts in making the world more transparent and less corrupt.
“This important work by individuals and organizations like Ezekwesili and EITI is deserving of attention, and 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.”