Kanu Reacts To Buhari's Congratulatory Message To Abiy Ahmed On Nobel Peace Prize Recognition
Nnamdi Kanu. Source: Guardian Nigeria

Leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed on his recent announcement as Nobel Peace Prize winner is a “contradiction”, Concise News reports.

The controversial activist points out that the main reason the prize was awarded to Ahmed was his “key role in the referendum that split Eritrea from Ethiopia”.

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He writes on his known Twitter handle on Saturday: “Jubril-Buhari’s CONGRATULATIONS to Ethiopian PM (Ahmed) for winning the #NobelPeacePrize for “his work to end the conflict b/w Ethiopia & Eritrea” is a CONTRADICTION, because major reason for the Prize was Ahmed’s key ROLE in the #Referendum that SPLIT Eritrea from Ethiopia.

This online news medium reported how Ahmed was awarded the 2019 prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”.

Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he will receive the award in December.

It is worth some nine million Swedish crowns (about £730,000; $900,000).

Subsequently, President Buhari in a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said the award portends a good sign for the peace processes within countries, and across borders on the African continent.

The first African recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was South Afica’s Albert Luthuli in 1960, for his role in the non-violent struggle against apartheid. He was then the President of the African National Congress.

In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat shared the prize with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin for their efforts to reach a peace agreement between their two countries.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu got the prize in 1984 for his anti-apartheid work. In 1993, African icon Nelson Mandela shared the prize with F.W. de Klerk.

In 2001, former UN Secretary-general was honoured with the award. In 2004, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathari was also given the award.

In 2011, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf jointly won the prize with compatriot Leyman Gbowei, a peace activist, who led an all-women nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.

Medical doctor Dennis Mukwege of Congo Democratic Republic shared the award with Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad. Mukwege is a Congolese gyneacologist and Pentecostal pastor, who founded and works in Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels.