Jonathan congratulates Malala, Satyarthi on Nobel peace prize win

Malala2President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the joint-recipients of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Pakistani girl-child education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian children’s rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi.

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, on Saturday said “Jonathan believes that Malala and her co-winner are very worthy recipients of the Noble Peace Prize in view of their globally-acclaimed and very courageous advocacy against bigotry, discrimination, oppression and extremism even in the most difficult of circumstances.

The President, who recalls his meeting with Malala earlier this year when she visited Nigeria, salutes her indomitable spirit, resilience, courage and conviction in promoting young girls’ right to education.”

Jonathan also commended Satyarthi’s peaceful campaign against human trafficking and abuse of children as slave labourers, urging others with grievances around the world to emulate her method of non-violent protests.

He enjoined both Nobel laureates to draw greater strength from the global honour and recognition which the Nobel Peace Prize represents and carry on their brave advocacy for the rights of girls, women and oppressed persons with renewed vigour and impetus.