Fashola, Tunisian President, others win International Crisis Group’s 2015 awards

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper

The global conflict prevention organization, International Crisis Group (ICG), has named the outgoing governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, as one of seven outstanding personalities worldwide to be honoured with its annual awards for 2015.

The Brussels-based think tank, in a media release Thursday, says Mr. Fashola is being conferred with the Stephen J. Solarz Award “for his commitment to resolving social, economic and security challenges in one of the world’s most challenging urban environments.”

Other awardees include Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who is being recognized for “his visionary reshaping of private sector initiatives to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development” and former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, who was chosen for her “exemplary efforts to prevent conflict and mass atrocities, alleviate suffering during the Balkan crisis, and protect refugees worldwide.”

Two Tunisians, President Béji Caïd Essebsi and Nahdha Party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, were both chosen for their “unwavering dedication to pluralism, inclusion and compromise during Tunisia’s democratic transition.”

Others to be honoured are the former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino for her “tireless role in deescalating tensions and promoting peace” in several countries, and former Australian foreign minister, Gareth Evans, who passionately promoted the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and also headed the International Crisis Group as its pioneer president.

Announcing this year’s awards at the ICG’s headquarters in Brussels, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the organization’s president, said: “Each award goes to a pioneer of peace, to a relentless fighter for the improvement of people’s lives, to someone who has built bridges, believed in change and mobilized others in the name of justice”.

The 2015 awards will be presented at a gala in New York on October 26, marking the 20th anniversary of the International Crisis Group.

Previous recipients of the group’s annual awards have included former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; the Somali peace and democracy activist, Shukri Ismail; and the Afghan women and human rights advocate, Sima Samar.


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  • Enemona

    Well deserved, this should be in preparation for your appointment as a minister of the FRN.

    • Otile

      I know it, I know it. I know that the era of darkness has come upon us. Who will save us from evil forces? Who will save us from the godless?

      • Tonnero

        It is only a mad man or a prophet who sees something different when everyone else sees the same. I don’t think you are a prophet.

        • David Adeniran

          The guy said era of darkness has come upon him and his household! Thank God Nigeria is not part of his household!

          • Otile

            You are a blind man, you cannot recognize darkness when there is one. If you can’t see the darkness in Fulani leadership you are blind.

        • Otile

          Your comparison is useless and illogical. Are you trying to compare Prophet Mohammed to a mad man? Make sure there is no true Muslim near you.

  • Tunsj

    Congratulation!

    • Otile

      Don’t congratulate him for anything. Can I congratulate late Imam Abu Qaqa?

      • Tunsj

        Do not tell me what to do. You can congratulate anybody you want.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          He has no one to congratulate.

          He is still in a mourning mode.

          • Tunsj

            Are you planning to attend the inauguration of Buhari?

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            No, bruv.

            I believe I shall be in either Turkey or Israel on the day of the innauguration.

          • Tunsj

            Planning to attend with two friends.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Good one; and safe journey too.

          • Tunsj

            Thanks. Safe journey to Israel or Turkey too.

          • Otile

            I am Christian east of the Niger, Imam and his minions don’t like my kind, so don’t expect me there.

            I will be praying for your safety that true Muslims do not scatter all of you there with bombs.

  • Bimbo

    President Jonathan missed this one!,countdown to Nobel and Mo Ibrahim prize, he is definitely getting one if not the two! Fingers crossed, lol.

  • Otile

    Eloi Eloi Lama Sabactani? Prize award has been debased. Where is Jean Bedel Bokassa? Where is Colonel Mobutu Sese Seko? Where is Mulah Omar of Afghanistan?

    Awards have gone to the dogs. If awards can be thus lavished on murderers and foe-men, where is Hitler’s own award?

    • Okolie

      Same DERI!.

    • Julius

      Hahahahahaha, where is Ojukwu own award ?

      • Otile

        Ojukwu fought hard to save his people from genocidal haters hell bent on exterminating the Igbo race.

        • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

          Ga guo akukwo.

          • Otile

            A gukaram gi na akwukwo.

          • Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam

            If you believe so!

          • Otile

            You know ti is so.

        • SkyAboveLimits

          Na lie. Go wake him and ask him why he led us into needless death and waste. Patience pays and with patience every Nigerian will get his/her belonging.

          • Otile

            Only those of you sheepish worshipers of babalowo nla believe you can have communication with the. dead. Your education is called “W E” Wasted Education.

        • Julius

          Listen, read my question again and then respond…where is Ojukwu own award ?. Deri why did the ‘haters’ hell bent on doing that ? Was the Ibo race just sat back chilling without doing or did anything to others ? Nobody should try to exterminate anybody, I agree with that . There is no smoke without fire

          • Otile

            There is nothing to respond to in your illogical question. Go and brush up your logic then come back to ask a sensible question. Your reasoning is puerile.

          • Julius

            Yes, Deri…I know you have nothing to say to my response to yur nonsense. Its ok..I got u. Be well my brother. How is the SS ati SE republic shaping up ?. I know you are busy on that. Let me know how is it going.I wanna help

  • burning spear

    Its really sad that a man like Fashola who has been all over the place insulting the outgoing president of the FRN can NOW be honored by such an out-fit——Very soon drug convicts like tinubu and the certificate forging quota system president that was installed by Obama—-ati Cameron will also win global awards—-and celebrated by the Apes in APC

    • Okolie

      DERI!

    • Julius

      Deri, you just cant help yourself. You are living a bitter life and your life sucks. Get help. Those people that you are seeing in your dreams are living their lives and moving on. You stuck in diluted mind..its a shame. Now back to the republic of SS ati SE…how is it going ? Im still willing to contribute to you packing and moving out of Nigeria. So, keep me posted.

  • omolaja nofiu

    In my opinion, Fashola deserves this award. If only for the singular act of confronting the Ebola-invasion with leadership acumen, responsibility and without divisive and sectional tactics that have become the bane of leadership performances in Nigeria. In spite of the national strike by Nigerian public hospital doctors, BRF refused to pass the buck or give lame excuses for non-performance. Yet he was selfless, simple and professional enough to allow the Minister of Health to rightly take the initiative of announcing results and conclusion reached. Fact is a subset of truth and truth is sacred!

    • Otile

      Imam Abu Shekau cum Imam Mohamed Buhari deserve a special joint award too.

      • omolaja nofiu

        Sorry, I don’t think or address issues that way. Thanks

  • JustMe

    Kudos BRF! Well deserved!

  • SkyAboveLimits

    Congrats to the people’s governor. Many more to come sir as call demands in the service to humanity and in the rebuilding of Nigeria.

    God bless Nigeria and the Igbo Nation.