Professor Muritala. J. Balogun, former Special Adviser to a former President of the United Nations General Assembly and a onetime Director General of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), confirmed to GPNews that the late Ambassador Otobo was his colleague both at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.
Another compatriot said: “Ambassador Otobo, brilliant, just and objective gentleman that has been missing since last week, has now been found deceased. Will miss you so much Amb. Otobo. Grace and peace upon his family and friends. Amen.”
The Linkedin profile of Ambassador Otobo, an author and commentator on national and international issues, records him thus:
A Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy at the Global Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium, who had previously held the position of Director and Deputy Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February-August 2009.
At PBSO, he led the Office’s efforts in assisting the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) to develop peacebuilding strategies, including supporting governance reforms and reconciliation processes for countries on the agenda of the PBC; supervised the work related to the follow-up, monitoring and periodic reporting on the implementation of the peacebuilding strategies; and formulated benchmarks for monitoring progress in the implementation of peacebuilding strategies.
His areas of research interests and writing include peacebuilding, public service reforms, institutional development, governance, regulatory policy and management, and international trade.
He co-edited African Development in the 21st Century: Adebayo Adedeji’s Theories and Contributions (2015) as well as authored Consolidating Peace in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (2015) and Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region (2017).
The book, Africa in Transition was nominated for the Grand Prix of Literary Association Award in 2018 in the Research category.