Monday, 16 February 2009
Lieutenant General Chikadibia Obiakor currently serves as United Nations Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations.
Previously, he was Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 2006.
Lieutenant General Obiakor started his military career by joining the Nigerian Army in 1973. He served the army in various capacities, including as the Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia in 1996 and 1997, as the ECOMOG Chief Coordinator of the Liberian elections in July 1997, and as the General Officer Commanding, Second Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army.
He also held the position of Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, in charge of the welfare, discipline and medical services for all Nigerian military personnel.
Lieutenant General Obiakor graduated from the National War College in Abuja. He obtained a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and has participated in numerous international military courses.