A Nigerian woman, Esther Ibanga, who has campaigned against Boko Haram insurgents, was on Tuesday awarded a Japanese peace prize worth $170,000.
The Niwano Peace Foundation said Ibanga, a pastor and activist in Nigeria, had kept up a vocal protest against the kidnappings that the terrorists have made almost routine. The foundation said she has tirelessly pressured central and local governing officials in her efforts to fight back against extremists.
“Esther has worked extensively to foster and facilitate reconciliation between conflicting religious and tribal groups,” setting up an organisation that has all tribal women leaders on its membership, the Buddhist group-backed foundation said.
Recall that Boko Haram fighters, April last year, kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State, causing global outrage and a social media campaign to release them.