ZANNAH MUSTAPHA IS A LAWYER, very famous in Northern Nigeria for his passion for humanity. A noble man, devoid of any scandal in his legal career and outside his law practice. He legally fought tirelessly and put his life in danger to ensure the free release of Chibok Girls earlier kidnapped by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.
As a Negotiator for the release of the Chibok Girls, he put the love of Nigeria and safety of the defenseless kidnapped Chibok girls ahead of his own interest, even at the risk of his life. This Nigerian lawyer helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Borno State was on Monday awarded one of the United Nations’ top prizes.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the lawyer, Zannah Mustapha was given the annual Nansen award for his “crucial mediating” role as well as his work helping children affected by the long-running conflict.
Last year’s recipients of the award were more than 2,000 volunteers who saved the lives of thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
In his late-50s, Mustapha said the award was unexpected but he was “exceedingly happy” to have been chosen, “I look forward to being a worthy ambassador, for such a noble award,” he reportedly said.