Jonathan meets Buhari, submits reports on Mali leadership crisis

Jonathan meets Buhari, submits reports on Mali leadership crisis

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President Muhammadu meant behind closed-doors with the former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in connection with the leadership crisis in Mali.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (RIGHT) AND HIS GUEST, MALI SPECIAL ENVOY AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA DURING THE VISIT ON.TUESDAY IN ASO VILLA IN ABUJA

In his tweeter message after the meeting on Tuesday, President Buhari, confirmed the receipt of a comprehensive report on Mali leadership crisis from Dr Jonathan who is also the special Envoy to Mali.

The President who also approinted Jonathan as the Special Envoy, said that he will ask the President of Niger, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou to brief to brief other ECOWAS memver States inclusing himself regarding the way forward in the crisis.

The Nigeria President tweet in.part reads: “Today I received a comprehensive report from the ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former President @GEJonathan, on the political situation in the country. Regarding the way forward, we will ask the President of Niger, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS, to brief us as a group”.

Addressing State house Correspondents after the meeting, Dr Jonathan, admitted that the negotiation with the various interest groups in Mali have been fruitful, but, call for sacrifices on the part of the actors in the crisis.

TheNewspad.com reports that Mali’s political opposition said it would halt protests in a “truce” ahead of the upcoming Eid festival, as four West African presidents prepare to travel to the country this week for mediation talks to try and resolve a deepening crisis.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been locked in a standoff for weeks with the opposition June 5 Movement, and the conflict spiralled into violent clashes earlier this month, leaving nearly a dozen people dead.

Opposition figures have been tapping into a wellspring of anger over the president’s perceived failures in tackling the dire economy, corruption and an eight-year jihadist conflict.

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