By Fred Omenya
For almost a year now, Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been leading a country where the lives of many citizens are at risk following the fight between the Ethiopian army and the Tigrarian militia. The fact that he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, he is finding himself on a radder.
This ongoing conflict in Tigray has ignited mixed reactions as to whether the prime minister should be stripped of his Nobel prize if at all he is unable to solve the conflict and make sure the country is at peace again.
Is he not doing good enough in as far as handling this situation is concerned because the committee that awarded him the Nobel prize believes that he has that special responsibility to end this conflict given the weight of the prize he received.
“As prime minister and winner of the Peace Prize, Abiy Ahmed has a special responsibility to end the conflict and contribute to peace,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of The Norwegian Nobel Committee.
As to whether the Nobel Peace prize could be taken away from the prime minister, the committee said it is not possible under the award statutes and that it has nothing to do with the current situation.
“The peace initiatives that Abiy Ahmed launched and for which he received the Nobel Prize were based on his contribution to the peace agreement with Eritrea and his comprehensive political initiative for democracy and the development of civil rights,” she added.
Just in the past two weeks according to the UN, 108 civilians died following the airstrikes carried out in Ethiopia. The fight has also left thousands of lives lost and millions of people running away from their homes and seeking refuge from other places.
The Ethiopian prime minister has therefore taken a different path on trying to end this conflict by releasing the prisoners belonging to Tigray’s as a way of trying to end the conflict by means of dialogue because fighting to end the conflict seems to have failed.