Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, joins the Advisory Board of the Brazzaville Foundation

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Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, joins the Advisory Board of the Brazzaville Foundation

The Brazzaville Foundation is honoured to welcome the President Olusegun Obasanjo to its Advisory Board.
Jean-Yves Ollivier, Chairman of the Brazzaville Foundation, said: “We are delighted that President Obasanjo, the distinguished Nigerian statesman, has agreed to join the Foundation’s Advisory Board“.
He was first appointed President of Nigeria in 1976 following a failed military coup and oversaw the restoration of civilian rule in 1979, becoming Nigeria’s first military ruler to hand over power to a democratically elected civilian government.
He was elected President in 1999 and 2003, standing down in 2007. His election on 29 May 1999 is now commemorated as Democracy Day, a public holiday in Nigeria.
Since leaving office, he has taken on a number of high-profile diplomatic missions including Special Envoy to the Ivory Coast on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2011; head of African Union electoral observation missions in Togo, Zimbabwe and Senegal; and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes in 2008.
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