Mali Unrest – Jonathan in Aso Rock, Briefs Buhari on Peace Effort to Restore Stability

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Jonathan in Aso Rock

Mali Unrest – Jonathan in Aso Rock, Briefs Buhari on Peace Effort to Restore Stability.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday received his immediate predecessor in office, Goodluck Jonathan, at State House in Abuja.

Jonathan, who is ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of Mali, briefed on the political situation in the West African country, as corollary to efforts by West African leaders to restore stability to the country.

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Buhari and four other ECOWAS leaders had visited Bamako, Mali, last month, followed by a virtual extraordinary summit of the sub-regional body.

Jonathan in Aso Rock

Jonathan, who was in Mali from Monday to Thursday, last week, recounted his meetings with the stakeholders, including political and religious leaders, Ambassadors of US, France, Russia, Germany, European Union, and other important personalities key to peace and cohesion in the country.

The main opposition group, M5, he said, continued to insist on the resignation of Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a position not acceptable to ECOWAS, which insisted only on democratic process in change of power within its jurisdiction.

“We told them that no international organization, including the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and others, would agree with their position. We continued to emphasise the need for dialogue,” Jonathan posited, said a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while disclosing the outcome of the briefing.

Jonathan in Aso Rock

The former president added that the Constitutional Court had been reconstituted and inaugurated, while vacancies in the Supreme Court had been filled, thus sorting out the judicial arm of government.

Responding, Buhari thanked Jonathan for what he called “the stamina you have displayed” on the Mali issue, and counselled further consultations with the ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic.

Jonathan in Aso Rock

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