Uhomoibhi appointed joint AU, UN Darfur envoy

Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, president of the United Nations Human Rights Council, answers questions during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi is on four-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, president of the United Nations Human Rights Council, answers questions during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi is on four-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

By OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi has been appointed Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced him as their joint envoy.

His responsibilities include those of African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator.

He replaces Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria, to whom the Secretary-General and the Chairperson reiterated their appreciation for his dedicated service during his tenure.

Uhomoibhi brings to his new position extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in international forums.

Most recently, he has served as the Founder and President of the Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy.

During his over 30 years of service in the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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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