Stella Dimoko Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Grabs UN Appointment


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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Grabs UN Appointment

Nigerian Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed into the United Nations (UN) High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation along with 17 other current and former global leaders.

The Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez had in September announced the establishment of the board to provide him with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. The Board is composed of 18 current and former global leaders, senior officials and renowned experts who bring together an unparalleled range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts.

In the announcement of the appointments, the world body described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.

It added: “He served as President of the Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979. Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa. In 2008 he was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes region.”

Also appointed into the board are President Michelle Bachelet (Chile) who is serving her second non-consecutive term as president; Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka); a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee (Liberia); Jean-Marie Guéhenno (France), former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen (Finland); David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).

Others are Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria), Graça Machel (Mozambique), Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania), Raden Mohammad and Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia).

Also appointed into the board are Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan), Michèle Pierre-Louis (Haiti), José Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (United Kingdom).

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  1. Baba Matthew congrats o. You are really moving

  2. Good for him.Hope he makes a different in the recently volatile,increase in tension North Korea.

  3. He has always enjoyed good reputation with the international community particularly because of his action in 1979 and his seeming anti-corruption stand between 1999-2003.
    So, is it true that Obasanjo hardly gets any position he deliberately sets out to except that unanimously given to him?
    1976: Murtala dies, Obasanjo takes over.
    1998: Abacha dies and in 1999 Abdulsallam hands over to OBJ.
    1991: Obasanjo contests for position of UN Secretary General but failed.
    Maybe El Rufai was right after all.

  4. Congratulations sir.

  5. Baba still very relevant.
    Congrats sir!


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