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AU appoints former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria as High Representative for the Horn of Africa

Addis Ababa (SD) – The chairman of the African Union (AU) has appointed former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo as the new High Representative for the Horn of Africa.

“This decision is part of the African Union’s drive to promote peace, security, stability and political dialogue all over the Horn of Africa region,” Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, said in a statement on Thursday.

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

The head of the African Union thanked Obasanjo for accepting the new role.

“The Chairperson of the Commission is most grateful to H.E. President Olusegun 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 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 statement said.

Obasanjo has been following developments in the Horn of Africa for some time, and his appointment comes at a time when the situation in the Horn of Africa is deteriorating.

The appointment also come sat a time when the Somali Federal and Regional Leaders are facing security challenges and holding free and fair elections.

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