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Amina Mohammed Reappointed As UN Deputy Secretary-General

Amina Mohammed has been reappointed as UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Gatekeepers News reports that Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres has reappointed Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed as his deputy.

Guterres, shortly after the UN General Assembly reappointed him for a second term on Friday, asked Mohammed to serve as Deputy Secretary-general for a second term.

The ninth secretary-general who succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 will commence his second term on January 1, 2022, and will run for five years.

Guterres in a press conference after taking the oath of office for a second term stated that he has extended an offer to Mohammed to also continue in office.

He said, “After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept.”

Mohammed, who was standing behind him at the press briefing, reacted with the comment “absolute honour”.

Born in Liverpool, UK to a Fulani Nigerian veterinarian-officer and a British nurse, Mohammed had served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

She is a diplomat and politician who is serving as the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mohammed served as Nigeria’s Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to February 2017. At that time, she was Nigeria’s representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame.

She resigned from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017.

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