Ethiopia: Nigerian diplomat, Uhomoibhi, appointed UNAMID chief

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A Nigerian diplomat, Dr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, has been appointed the new head of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Chief Mediator of the Darfur peace process, the UN and the AU said Tuesday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced the appointment of the Nigerian diplomat to replace another Nigerian, Abiodun Oluremi Bashua, who was the acting head of UNAMID.

Uhomoibhi becomes the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and head of UNAMID, joining the UNAMID post from his previous duty as Founder of the Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy.

He faces the main task of bringing the main Darfur rebel factions to the negotiating table after a series of failed attempts at reaching a political solution to the Darfur crisis.

During his over 30 years of service in the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Uhomobihi served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ambassador of Nigeria to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

He also held positions in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, Consulate-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and its Embassies in Ethiopia and Yugoslavia.
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