Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed as a High Representative for the Horn of Africa by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
The former Nigerian leader will now have the additional task of overseeing the African Union’s drive to promote peace, security, stability, and political dialogue all throughout the Horn of Africa region, as announced on Thursday.
While making the announcement of Obasanjo’s appointment, Mahamat said that the specific role of the High Representative is to intensify engagements with all relevant political actors and stakeholders in the region towards entrenching durable peace and stability within the Horn of Africa.
“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 Chairperson of the Commission therefore calls on all stakeholders and the international community to extend every possible support to the High Representative, who is expected to arrive the region in the coming weeks,” a statement on the website of the AU stated.