Africa is celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize won by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace with neighboring Eritrea.
“President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates Ethiopian Prime Abiy Ahmed, who was declared winner of 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in Oslo, Norway, saying it portends a good sign for the peace processes within countries, and across borders on African continent,” the presidency in Nigeria said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington D.C.
“President Buhari felicitates with the Prime Minister, his cabinet and all Ethiopians on the remarkable global recognition of winning the 100th peace prize, which was attributed to a decision to end 20-year conflict between two African countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
“The President reiterates his belief that African development is strongly tied to peaceful co-existence, and deliberate efforts by governments and people to sustain harmony within and between countries, urging more concerted and collective partnership on peace in the continent.
“President Buhari prays that the global recognition will spur more interest on issues of peace in Africa, and drive home the immeasurable benefits”.
The President of Somalia, Mohamed Farmaajo, also congratulated Mr. Ahmed for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that he’s a deserving winner.
“I sincerely congratulate @PMEthiopia H.E Abiy Ahmed Ali on his @NobelPrize success this year. He is a deserving winner and I have enjoyed working with him on strengthening regional cooperation,” the President of Somalia tweeted shortly after the announcement on Friday.
The President of Senegal Macky Sall congratulated Mr. Ahmed, saying in a tweet in French that the Nobel committee made the right choice, adding that the prize would reinforce peace in Africa.
The Nobel committee said Mr. Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”
It said during the announcement on Friday that the coveted prize was also meant to recognize those working to achieve peace in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.
His peace deal with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki last year ended 20 years of the “no peace, no war” stalemate between the two countries.
The 43-year-old former army officer is credited with making reconciliation a priority since taking office in April 2018.