UN appoints Nigerian General head of Liberia mission

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

United Nation Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Friday, announced the appointment of Major General Salihu Uba of the Nigerian Army, as the Force Commander, UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL.

The appointment was contained in a statement issued by UN Spokesman, Stephane DuJarric, in New York.

The statement quoted Ms. DuJarric as saying that Major General Uba would succeed Major General Leonard Ngondi of Kenya, who would complete his tour of duty on February 25.

He noted that the Secretary-General had thanked Mr. Ngondi for his dedicated and exemplary service during his tenure with UNMIL.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before his appointment, Nigeria’s Mr. Uba served as the Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, Nigerian Army and the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre from 2013 to 2014.

Born in 1959, and a graduate of War College, Nigeria, Mr. Uba served as Director of Veteran Affairs Department in the Nigerian Ministry of Defence between 2012 and 2013.

He also served as Sector Commander with the UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, from 2010 to 2012 and Company Commander with UN Protection Force, UNPROFOR, from 1992 to 1993.

Mr. Uba has Master’s degrees in Strategic Studies, Business Administration and Peace and Conflict from University of Ibadan, Imo State University, and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) respectively.

He is married and has three children.

(NAN)

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