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‘Elder Statesman of Africa’- United Nations Honors Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo With Appointment

 

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutierrez in a statement announced the establishment of the board, which he explained would advise him on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world.

Nigeria's Ex-President, Obasanjo

Gutierrez said the Board was established as part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” which he has consistently advocated.

In the announcement of the appointments, UN described the former Nigerian President as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.

The statement reads, “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.

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