Again Buhari and Jonathan Meet in Aso Rock Ahead of ECOWAS Meeting to Restore Constitutional Order in Mali.
Ahead of a meeting of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the behest of their new Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, to discuss outstanding grey areas in the Mali political situation, President Muhammadu Buhari and ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, Monday met in Aso Rock, Abuja.
Aftermath of military coup in Mali, a civilian was appointed as Interim President, who would stay in office for 18 months, and lead the country back to constitutional order. That was part of irreducible demands by West African leaders before sanctions imposed on the country could be lifted.
Briefing Buhari on Monday Jonathan explained that the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as Vice President, and what his/her roles would be in government.
He added that the vice president’s position is currently being held by a serving military officer who was also one of the leaders of the take-over.
Responding, Buhari counselled the Special Envoy to present a formal report to the new ECOWAS Chairman, “who will then write us officially, and we then determine the next steps.”
The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said with about two-thirds of Mali currently under occupation by terrorists, “the priority of the military should be to secure their country,” rather than hold on to power.
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