The congratulatory message by President Muhammadu Buhari to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Ahmed Abiy for winning the Nobel Peace Prize award is a contradiction to his stance against Referendum being demanded by Biafran agitators. IPOB Leader, Nnnamdi Kanu has said.
Buhari, had in the congratulatory messages posted on his Twitter page said the recognition of Abiy for his role in the ending of a 20-year conflict between his country and Eritrea is a good sign for peace processes within countries and across borders in Africa.
· Oct 11, 2019
I congratulate Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was today declared winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his remarkable work to end the 20-year conflict between Ethiopia & Eritrea. This recognition is a good sign for peace processes within countries and across borders in Africa.
I believe that the development of Africa is strongly tied to peaceful co-existence, and to deliberate efforts by governments and citizens to sustain harmony within and between countries. We must do more in collaboration and partnership for peace across the continent.
It is my hope and prayer that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s global recognition will spur more interest in issues of peace in Africa, and bring beneficial outcomes to the entire continent.
But the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu while replying to Buhari’s congratulatory message said Abiy played a key role in the #Referendum that split Eritrea from Ethiopia as against Buhari’s stance on Referendum.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu @MaziNnamdiKanu
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.
Soon after coming into power in April 2018, Abiy restored ties that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war with Eritrea. He also helped mediate a maritime territory dispute between Kenya and Somalia and has been a key part of efforts to bring together the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan for talks.
He also granting amnesty to thousands of political prisoners just as he discontinuing media censorship and dismissing several high-profile figures suspected to be guilty of corruption.