Major General Salihu Uba of the Nigerian Army, has been appointed as the Force Commander, UN Mission in Liberia, UNMIL. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, announced on Friday.
Earlier, the appointment was contained in a statement issued by UN Spokesman, Stephane DuJarric, in New York. Ms. DuJarric was quoted as saying that Major General Uba would succeed Major General Leonard Ngodi of Kenya, who would complete his tenure on Feb.25.
Mr. Ngodi's exemplary services with the UNMIL was highly noted and commended by the Secretary-General.
Before this new appointment, 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.