28 May 2008
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Biographical Note


SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS LIEUTENANT GENERAL CHIKADIBIA ISAAC OBIAKOR


OF NIGERIA AS MILITARY ADVISER FOR PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

 


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Lieutenant General Chikadibia Obiakor of Nigeria as Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations.


Lieutenant General Obiakor, currently Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), has had a long and distinguished career with the Nigerian Army, beginning in 1973.  He served as the General Officer Commanding, Second Mechanized Division, of the Nigerian Army, as Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia in 1996 and 1997, and as ECOMOG Chief Coordinator of the Liberian elections in July 1997.  He has also served as Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, with responsibility for the welfare, discipline and medical services for all Nigerian military personnel.


Born on 18 February 1951, Lieutenant General Obiakor is a graduate of the National War College in Abuja.  He holds a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and has participated in numerous international military courses.


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