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Former minister of Education and the co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign Oby Ezekwesili has been considered for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by the Peace Research Institute Oslo PRIO.

The Former minister was also a former Vice President of the World Bank and the Extractive Industry Transparency International (EITI). Oby will be shortlisted with the likes of Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad & Tarana Burke.

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.”

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