NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 10 November 2009
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdusalam Treki, received the former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) in his capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes region.
Mr. Obasanjo briefed President Treki on the challenges to peace and security and developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They also discussed efforts to promote reconciliation, recovery and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region.
Mr. Obasanjo, one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa, served as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and was the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979. He was accompanied by his Special Adviser, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo of Kenya.