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Nigerian ex-president goes to Ethiopia amid mediation push

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaks during Concordia Americas Summit, in Bogota, Colombia May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo has gone to Ethiopia, his spokesman said on Monday, as various African and European nations pushed for a mediated solution to a nearly two-week conflict in the Tigray region.

“The former president is on his way to Ethiopia right now, but I don’t know what he is going to do there,” spokesman Kenny Akinyemi said. A diplomat in Addis Ababa confirmed his arrival.

Reporting by Felix Onuah in Abuja and Giulia Paravicini in Addis Ababa; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Alexis Akwagyiram and Toby Chopra