2016 LAPO ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM

Profile of His Excellency, Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR

His Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, was President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He also served as the country’s Head of State from 1976 to 1979.

For over three decades now, President Obasanjo has been involved in development issues across Africa, especially in the area of leadership development, capacity building, and conflict resolution.

President Obasanjo has mediated in a number of conflicts in Africa and other parts of the world including conflicts in Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, and Burundi.

In 2009, President Obasanjo was appointed special envoy of the United Nations to the Great Lakes region to mediate on the conflicts in the DRC. He is currently the Chair of the African Union panel of enquiry on the crisis in South Sudan.

President Obasanjo plays a leadership role in many organisations including the Inter-Action Council for Former Heads of State and Government; Eminent Persons Group of the African, Caribbean and Pacific; and African Progress Panel. He Chairs the West African Drug Commission and is the Chief Promoter of Africa’s first Presidential Library; the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Foundation. 

President Obasanjo is also an educationist and has established schools at all levels of education in Nigeria including The Bells primary and secondary schools and The Bells University of Technology.