Obasanjo gets appointment as AU’s High Representative to Horn of Africa

Obasanjo gets appointment as AU’s High Representative to Horn of Africa

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been named as the High Representative for the Horn of Africa region.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday, August 27, by the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, who said he was “pleased to announce the appointment of Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as his High Representative for the Horn of Africa region.”

According to Mahamat, the decision of the AU to appoint Obasanjo was necessary; in order “to promote peace, security, stability and political dialogue all over the Horn of Africa region.

“Specifically, the High Representative will intensify engagements with all relevant political actors; as well as stakeholders in the region towards entrenching durable peace and stability within the Horn of Africa.

“The Chairperson of the Commission is most grateful to Obasanjo; for accepting this strategic political assignment in the collective interest of the Union.

“The former Nigerian Leader brings with him very rich political experience, and also impeccable credentials; of keen commitment to the lofty ideals of Pan-Africanism and regional integration and cooperation; as well as a deep knowledge of the current situation in the Horn of Africa.

“The Chairperson of the Commission, therefore, calls on all stakeholders; as well as the international community to extend every possible support to the High Representative, who is expected to arrive the region in the coming weeks.”

Meanwhile, the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Thursday, August 26, urged the Presidency to address the issues he raised in his interview with Channels Television on Wednesday instead of attacking him.

This was sequel to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, accusing Ortom of uttering divisive statements.

However, the governor said the Presidency’s accusation; that he was fanning the ember of discord among Benue State residents was untrue.

A statement in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to OrtomTerver Akase, said: “We read the statement by the Presidency; in response to Governor Ortom’s recent interview on Channels Television; in which he raised a number of concerns bordering on the worsening security situation across the country.

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“The tone of the statement shows the quality of Presidency Nigeria currently has. They abandoned the message; however went for the messenger.

“We advise the Presidency to focus on ending the killing of innocent Nigerians, fix the economy; as it promised, and stop the corruption under their watch.

 

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