2 Nigerian mission celebrates the life, legacy of late Amb. Eloho Otobo
News Analysis by Cecilia Ologunagba, News Agency of Nigeria
On Tuesday, August 9, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN in collaboration with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office joined family, friends and former colleagues at Nigeria House, New York for the celebration of life of a renowned diplomat and leader, Amb. Eloho Otobo.
3 Diplomats both retired and serving were at the memorial event to pay tributes to late Otobo, an upright Nigerian citizen, prominent diplomat, dedicated foreign service officer and a brilliant ambassador.
4 Otobo, 70, retired with the UN headquarters, having served as a Director and Deputy Head, UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) of the Peacebuilding Commission at the UN Headquarters from 2006 to 2013.
Until his death on June 23, he was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Peacebuilding and Global Governance Institute in Brussels, Belgium and a prolific writer.
5 Paying tribute to Otobo, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, described Otobo as a passionate diplomat and a brilliant scholar, who advocated tirelessly for peace on the Africa continent.
6 In a written remark read by Mr Bolade Sobola, President of UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC) Nigerian Association, Mohammed said Otobo would be greatly remembered for his contributions to the UN and Nigeria.
7 Amb. Shola Omoregie, Representative of Nigerian Retired Ambassadors and former Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau paying tribute to Amb. Eloho Otobo at a memorial event in his honour at Nigeria House, New York.
Also speaking on behalf of the Nigerian retired ambassadors, Amb. Shola Omoregie said Otobo embodied the best in every person, adding ” he was generous in providing advice and counsel.
Omoregie, a former Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau, recalled how he succeeded through the support and advice Otobo gave him.
9 “Following my appointment, he advised me to leave a legacy behind in Guinea-Bissau.
10 What legacy, I asked?
11 He said I should make my priority to work toward placing Guinea-Bissau on the Agenda of the UN Peacebuilding.
12 “I took his advice and we worked closely to garner support from the UN Secretariat, including most importantly, the full weight of his former department, the UN PBSO to successfully place Guinea-Bissau of the Agenda on the UN Peacebuilding Commission,”he said.
14 Ojelabi recalled how much time and attention Otobo gave to the members of UNSRC Nigerian association, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, advising and supporting the members.
“He was a mentor.
He believed in one and united Nigeria,’’ she said.
In his exhortation, Pastor Gabriel Adejimi of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Restoration Pavilion, New York, urged the family members, former colleagues, and friends to take solace in God over the demise of Otobo.