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Buhari congratulates Chibok girls mediator, Mustapha, for winning UN award

By Newsdesk

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated  a Nigerian lawyer, Zannah Mustapha, for winning this year’s United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award.

It would be recalled that Mustapha, assisted the Federal Government to negotiate release of the over 100 abducted Chibok girls.

Aside negotiating their release, he also ensured that orphans of both Islamist fighters and Nigerian soldiers, get good education through his primary schools, which were the few left Maiduguri.

The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described him as an individual that deserved international recognition for his outstanding works on education, peace, reconciliation and stability in the North-East of the country.

Buhari on Wednesday stressed that Mustapha, who has inspired many Nigerians as well as national and international humanitarian organisations, earned the award because of his courage, hard work and extraordinary commitment to the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country, even at the risk of his life.

The president enjoins all Nigerians to emulate the conscientious dedication of a compatriot, who has deployed his God-given talent, time and resources to make life better for those in dire need.

Reacting to his award, Mustapha expressed his joy at the recognition received from United Nation (UN).

He said: “We have the largest number of girls in school in the whole of region. And that children of a senior member of the insurgents are studying there. They are the best of friends. This should be a template for world peace.”


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