Lieutenant General Obiakor is a graduate of the National War College, Nigeria. He obtained a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and has participated in numerous international military courses.
Lt. Gen. Obiakor started his military career with the Nigerian Army in 1973. He has served as the Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia (1996 and 1997), the ECOMOG Chief Coordinator of the Liberian elections in July 1997, and as the General Officer Commanding, Second Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army. He also held the position of Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, in charge of the welfare, discipline and medical services for all Nigerian military personnel.
He is the highest ranking Nigerian soldier to serve the United Nations as Military Adviser for peacekeeping operations. This was in 2008. Before then, he was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a position UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him to in January 2006. No less a soldier’s soldier, he also served longest in recent memory, as a General in the Nigeria Army.
For standing tall in a very challenging environment and delivering 38 years of sterling, disciplined service to his fatherland in the Nigeria Army; for lifting the image of Nigeria in the international arena of military service through quality, exemplary interventions and honourable conduct which earned both himself and Nigeria recognition from the international community, Lt. Gen. Chikadibia Obiakor (rtd.), is The AUTHORITY Icon.
He disengaged from the army on 11th June 2011, after 38 years of sterling service.