UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Friday, announced the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba of Nigeria as the Force Commander, UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The appointment is contained in a statement issued by UN Spokesman, Stephane DuJarric, in New York.
The statement quoted DuJarric as saying that Uba would succeed Maj.- Gen. Leonard Ngondi of Kenya, who would complete his tour of duty on Feb. 25.
He noted that the Secretary-General had thanked Ngondi for his dedicated and exemplary service during his tenure with UNMIL.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before his appointment, 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, 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.
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.