SHEHU SANI ANNUAL PRIZE (2013) FOR COMMUNITY PEACE ADVOCATE
created out of the major polar component at the turn of the 18th
century. The northern Nigeria is one of the components of the emerged nation.
The north is a large geographical entity with people of diverse background (in
religion, ethnicity and temperament).
Much from the
beginning, the people have been living in peace and harmony, until recently
when the issues of ethno religious crisis started rearing its head. Since then,
it has continues unabated. Ethno religious conflict has become one of the ugly
features of northern Nigeria and social issues that have been of utmost concern
to every stakeholder.
have been responsible for the increase in ethno religious conflict; poverty,
illiteracy, ignorance, bad governance and uneven distribution of resources and
so many other factors.
cause may be, ethno religious conflicts
have negatively impacted the nation,
especially the northern society beyond measure. It has destroyed the once
cordial relationships between communities and the people, breeding mutual
distrust and suspicion; led to under development, investment flight, death of
hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, leading to increase in orphans, widows
and its attendant’s social problems. Today, the serenity and innocence of many
communities have been shattered.
advent of the sad incident of the ethno religious conflicts in some of the
northern Nigerian communities, most of these communities live in harmony and as
their brother’s keepers. Muslims and Christians celebrate sallah together in
mutual engagement, they live side by side, play side and do things in common,
but today, sadly such a good rapport have been undermined.
Christian’s mobs finds it easier to snuff live out of each other at the slights
of any ethno religious conflict, with very little or no regards for the
sanctity of life or any hope for a future engagements.
scenario apart from undermining the very essence of our humanity equally gives
us a very bad and unwholesome image in Nigeria and even beyond the shore of
Despite all these
challenges and during some of the past ethno religious crisis in some of the
community in northern Nigeria, we discovered and observed that some individual,
groups, institution and community stood against every forms of violent
bloodletting, we have observed that some other demonstrate an unusual and
uncommon efforts in peace promotion, or in preventing the escalation of violent
or nipping violence in the bud and put a post violence confidence-building
initiative in place to ensure a sustainable peace in the community, so that
they serve as a role model or peace nations and heroes.
Peace is no
doubt very important to the development of the community or a nation. It is
necessary for the growth, development, sustainability and transformation of the
community. It brings about socio-economic and political development of the
community and the nation. It has helped many of the nations who observed and
preaches peace to be progressive and prosperous. The importance and essence of
peace can therefore not be over emphasized.
The idea behind
the Shehu Sani Annual Peace Prize for Community Peace Advocates is informed by
his antecedent as an international peace advocate and human rights activist,
drawing from his previous practice of honoring groups and individual who had
helped to promote and sustain peace in the past cases of ethno religious
conflict in northern Nigeria, especially in Kaduna and Jos, Plateau State.
THE AIMS/OBJECTIVES OF THE AWARD
Ø To promote peaceful atmosphere in the society.
Ø To foster brotherliness and positive communal
Ø To reduce conflict within individuals and community
Ø To provide a rallying point on issues related to
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD
a record of peace promotion or conflict resolution.
Groups with a
record of peace building.
a record of peace buildings. They are the candidates whose nomination is
submitted by qualified nominators. No one can nominate himself or herself.
NOMINATION AND SELECTION FOR THE AWARD
the Shehu Sani prize may be submitted by individual and group especially (a
NGO, professional and group like lawyer, doctor, journalist, social workers)
within a minimum of three years with long experiences on issues of peace
building or conflict resolution.
EVERY MARCH – DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF
must be post marked not later than April of each awarding year. Nomination
received after this date will not be considered.
JULY-AUGUST ADVISER REVIEW
nominations are reviews by the reputable international peace scholars,
especially recruited/appointed for their knowledge on the relevance of the
impact of each of the peace initiative or project so nominated.
SEPTEMBER – THE BENEFICIARIES ARE CHOSEN
At the beginning
of September of each year, the committee chooses the beneficiary through a
NOVEMBER – THE BENEFICIARY REACHED THE PRIZES
The Shehu Sani
prize/award ceremony takes place on November 28, every year at Abuja, where
each of the beneficiary receive their prizes, which consist of a $2000 cash, a
star medal and diploma and a document confirming the beneficiary.
Every year, the
Shehu Sani prize will allocate the sum of $2000 to any community, institute or
group and individual that have demonstrated the promotion of peace harmony,
have saved lives, prevented violence, the defied attempt to cause frictions and
violence between Christians and Muslims.
Shehu Sani is a
renowned and human rights activist and writer; he is the President of the Civil
Rights Congress (CRC).
He was a leading
figure in the Nigerian Struggle against military and the establishment of
democracy rule in Nigeria. He had several times been arrested, detained and
charges for sedition, unlawful assembly and disturbance of public peace.
In 1995, while
serving as the Deputy Chairman of Campaign for Democracy (CD) – a Civil rights
group, he was arraigned before a secret military tribunal and sentenced to life
imprisonment for what the military authority referred to as “managing an
unlawful organization” he was released in 1998 on the return democracy to
Nigeria, having been behind bars for four years.
He has authored several
books, relating to peace and on contemporary issues such books include the
Killing Field, Political Assassination in Nigeria, Thugs at the Helm, Phantom
Crescent, Scorpion under Pillow, Telling the True to Intolerance, the Children
of Kaduna, the Children of Jos. He also published THE PEACE NEWSPAPER A TABLOID ON
PEACE ADVOCACY IN THE NATION