Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, Sultan of Sokoto, Short-Listed For A Nobel Peace Prize

// Latest Addition | Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, Sultan of Sokoto, Short-Listed For A Nobel Peace Prize
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Two of Nigeria's religious leaders have been short-listed for a Nobel Peace Prize. They are the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The Agence France Presse reported on Thursday that the International Peace Research Institute said that Prof. Gene Sharp of the United States, a theorist on non-violent struggle, and the Echo of Moscow radio station were the main contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The IPRI noted that Onaiyekan and the Sultan may have made the list alongside the former US President Bill Clinton, for their efforts at campaigning against the misuse of religion.

Prof. Chinua Achebe, was once nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, being one of the awards by the Nobel Foundation.

In 1986, the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Prof. Wole Soyinka, making him the first African to receive the award.

The Head of the IPRI, Kristian Berg Harpviken, had described the Peace award as, “The most talked-about of the Nobel Prize awards, which appears to be a wide open race this year with no clear frontrunner.”

Harpviken, who follows the work of the Peace Prize committee closely, publishes his own list of possible winners every year.

He hinted that a total of 231 nominees have been shortlisted, and although the prize committee never discloses the nominees’ names, Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, the EU and WikiLeaks suspect, Bradley Manning, are known to be on the list.

The Nobel Foundation has slashed the prize sum because of the economic crisis to 8.0m Swedish kronor ($1.2m, €930,940) per award, down from the 10m kronor awarded since 2001.

The Peace Prize winner will be announced next Friday, although the Medicine Prize will open the award season on Monday.

What do you think?

Tagged : Nigerias Religious Leaders, John Onaiyekan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Alhaji Muhammed Saad Abubakar III, Nobel Peace Prize

Headlines Newsview all

Xenophobic violence in South Africa leaves at least five dead, many injured

Anti-immigrant protests have been ongoing in South Africa for two weeks and at least five people have been killed Foreign nationals have been loading trucks with ... Full story

Buruj Kashamu: I Have Never Set Foot Nor Lived In The US (FULL STORY)

Prince Buruji Kashamu, Senator-elect, Ogun East Senatorial District, has responded to an article published in Associated Press. In the report, it was written that Kashamu, who ... Full story

TB Joshua Claims He Predicted South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks Video

A video has surfaced of Nigerian Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua warning South Africans in July 2013 of a ‘youth revolt’ in their nation which would ... Full story

Psquare Brothers Crisis: Peter Goes Solo

There seem to be more trouble and break up looming in Psquare Villa. Barely two days after a new round of family squabbles between PSquare duo ... Full story

Man Indicted In US For Drug Trafficking Elected Senator In Nigeria

A man indicted in America for allegedly smuggling heroin, in a court case that was the basis for the TV hit “Orange Is The New ... Full story

Goodluck Jonathan's Allies Planned To Abduct INEC Chairman To Disrupt Elections

As Muhammadu Buhari closed in on Nigeria's presidency, an aide to election commission chairman Attahiru Jega sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, ... Full story

Lamido: I Will Personally Jail You Before May 29

Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido has vowed to jail ex-Minister of Internal Affairs in the Second Republic, Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf, before leaving office on ... Full story

Boko Haram Gives South Africans 24 Hours To End Xenophobic Attacks - Photos

South Africa's ongoing xenophobic attacks against African migrants could take an ugly turn for the worse after Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram gave Pretoria 24 ... Full story

Lebanese Woman, And Accomplices Arrested For Using EFCC Vests For Robbery

A 32-year-old Lebanese, Amira Abdallahi, along with five other suspects, have been arrested by the police for alleged robberies and frauds totalling N20m in different ... Full story

Report: NNPC Top Management To Be Sacked, Accounts To Be Examine

Incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration will replace the top management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Reuters news agency reported yesterday. It will also review the ... Full story

Sentence Politicians Who Rig Elections To Death - Prof. Tam David-West

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, says politicians who rig elections in Nigeria deserved to be given a death sentence, Punch reports. “I have ... Full story

Comment on: Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan, Sultan of Sokoto, Short-Listed For A Nobel Peace Prize

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

I Was Delivered In A Taxi - Tosyn Bucknor

Tosyn Bucknor  is one of Nigeria’s most popular on-air personalities. The Top Radio 90.9 presenter is the only female radio presenter in Nigeria who handles ... Full story

I Will Perform ‘Godwin’ In Church Again - Korede Bello Video

Korede Bello came under fire recently for performing his hit single ‘Godwin’ at the Harvesters International Christian Centre in Lagos. The Mavin Act has disclosed to ... Full story

Abu Shekau, Muhammadu Buhari Among TIME's 100 Most Influential Persons

President-elect Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has made the TIME’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. Also included in the 2015 list are ...

Yemi Alade Reveal Her Struggles Before Fame

'Johnny' crooner, Yemi Alade has revealed that the song was what changed her life forever. She attributed the song as God's blessing in her life. "God ...

Don Moen To Feature Frank Edwards?

After coming on the music scene with his powerful guitar skills and high-voiced rock gospel music, Frank Edwards, might just be on a set course ...

12 Persons Died Of Strange Disease In Ondo

No fewer than twelve persons had been killed by a strange disease that broke out at Ode Irele, the headquarters of Irele Local Government Area ...

I Had Thought My Career Would Be Over, Because I Get Pregnant Almost Every Year- Omotola Jalade

Nollywood sweetheart and talented actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde is woman of great influence and affluence since she walked into limelight 20-years ago. Amongst her other inspiring ...

Why People Call Me The Chairman- MI

They call him the Chairman AKA Mr. Incredible perhaps because he tops the list of Nigerians best rap artiste. MI Abaga needs no further introduction. He ...

Woman delivered of baby boy inside BRT bus

Passengers on a Bus Rapid Transit going to the CMS area of Lagos on Wednesday were forced to become emergency midwives and labour attendants when ...

Lebanese woman, others use EFCC vests for robbery

A 32-year-old Lebanese, Amira Abdallahi, along with five other suspects, have been arrested by the police for alleged robberies and frauds totalling N20m in different ...