Buhari To Leave Nigeria For Peace Mission in Mali

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday leave for Bamako, the Republic of Mali on a one-day visit, following the Tuesday briefing by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Special envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali.

 

It will be the first time he will embark on a trip outside the country after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case on February 27.

 

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, on Wednesday, the President and some ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country.

 

“The Nigerian President and some ECOWAS leaders led by the chairman of the authority of heads of state and government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country,” the statement said.

“Host President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Presidents Machy Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire are expected to participate in the Bamako meeting.”

“Jonathan was at the statehouse in company of Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, president of ECOWAS commission, on Tuesday to brief Buhari on the unfolding situation in Mali, necessitating the visit of ECOWAS leaders to consolidate on the agreements reached by various parties.”

 

There is currently an uprising against Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has spent two out of the five years second term in office. A resistance group known as M5, is insisting that the constitutional court must be dissolved, and the president resign, before peace can return to the country.

 

On July 10, riots led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, hence the intervention of ECOWAS.

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