President Buhari will embark on 1-day trip to Mali

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President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo credit: Google)

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, today, said the President would be departing Abuja for Bamako, Mali, on Thursday, July 23.

According to him, the president’s journey is necessary due to the briefing the President received yesterday from former President Goodluck Jonathan on the crisis in Mali.

He tweeted, “President Muhammadu Buhari will Thursday depart for Bamako, Republic of Mali on a one-day visit, following the briefing by the ECOWAS Special Envoy to the country, former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

In a statement Adesina made available to journalists, titled; “President Buhari embarks on peace mission to Mali”. It read;

“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.

“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.

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“Former President Jonathan was at the State House in company with President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, on Tuesday to brief President Buhari on the unfolding situation in Mali, necessitating the visit of ECOWAS leaders to consolidate on the agreements reached by various parties.”

Adesina revealed that President Buhari, after listening to former President Jonathan seeks further briefing from the ECOWAS chairman.

Quoting Buhari, Adesina’s statement states: “We will ask the President of Niger, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS to brief us as a group, and we will then know the way forward.”

The former President had filled in President Buhari on his activities as Special Envoy to restore amity to Mali, rocked by protests against President Keita, who has spent two out of the five years second term in office.

Adesina’s statement added, “A resistance group, M5, is insisting that the Constitutional Court must be dissolved, and the President resign, before peace can return to the country.

“Crisis had erupted after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the polls held recently, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of President Keita.

“Riots on July 10 had led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, causing the crisis to spiral out of control, hence the intervention by ECOWAS.”

Edited from Punch Ng

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