After his superb display during the ministerial screening at the National Assembly recently, the immediate past governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola, is set to be honoured in New York, United States.
According to The Nation, Fashola will be conferred with award by International Crisis Group (ICG), a worldwide conflict prevention group, alongside six other personalities on Monday, October 26, 2015.
Another awardee is Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, as ICG said: “his visionary reshaping of private sector initiatives to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development.”
Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, is also on the list for her “exemplary efforts to prevent conflict and mass atrocities, alleviate suffering during the Balkan crisis, and protect refugees worldwide.”
And President Béji Caïd Essebsi of Tunisia and Nahdha Party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, were also among the awardees, for their “unwavering dedication to pluralism, inclusion and compromise during Tunisia’s democratic transition.”
Former Italian Foreign Minister, Emma Bonino will be awarded for her “tireless role in de-escalating tensions and promoting peace” just as former Australian Foreign Minister, the pioneer President of ICG, Gareth Evans, will be rewarded for promoting principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
The president of the group, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who announced the 2015 awards in Brussels, Belgium, informed that “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 mobilised others in the name of justice.”