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According to the AU, Dr Sidikou is credited with a wealth of experience in the political, diplomatic, communication and humanitarian fields.
Dr Sidikou who holds a Ph.D and a Degree in Journalism has been Niger’s Ambassador to the US since October 2011 and also served as Director of his country’s national television.
He was also presidential adviser aside from stints with a number of international organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), including USAID, the World Bank, UNICEF and Save the Children.
The AU said his appointment comes at a time when continued progress has been witnessed in the consolidation of peace and the promotion of reconciliation in Somalia.
Somalia is plagued by an upsurge in attacks by al-Shabaab militants, the latest targeting the heavily fortified presidential palace on Tuesday.
Western leaders are under pressure to unite other countries behind their opposition to Russia's war in Ukraine, while Moscow is eager to blame Western sanctions for the worsening food crisis.