On Tuesday, the 18th day of August 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, received his predecessor in Office, former President Goodluck Jonathan, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Jonathan, who is the ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of Mali, briefed President Buhari on the political situation in the West African country and efforts by West African Leaders to restore stability to the country.
The President and four other ECOWAS Leaders had visited Bamako, Mali, last month, followed by a virtual Extraordinary Summit of the sub-regional body.
President Jonathan, who was in Mali from Monday to Thursday, last week, recounted his meetings with the Stakeholders, including Political and Religious Leaders, Ambassadors of the United States, US, France, Russia, Germany, European Union, EU, and other important personalities key to peace and cohesion in the country.
The main opposition group, M5, in Mali, he said, continues to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a position not acceptable to ECOWAS, which insisted only on a 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”, former President Jonathan said.
President Buhari thanked Jonathan for what he called “the stamina you have displayed” on the Mali issue, and counselled further consultations with the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic.
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