On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari received updates from the Special Envoy / Mediator for the West African region, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on the situation in Mali.
President Buhari expressed delight that, following interventions by the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS), the situation in Mali had calmed down considerably.
“Like other developed nations in the world, we can’t hop, step and leap, but one is pleased with the achievements reported,”the President said.
Following the military intervention in Mali, ECOWAS insisted on a civilian-led transitional government, and returned to constitutional order, among others, within 12-18 months.
Former President Jonathan, updating the President, said that the mission provided him by ECOWAS leaders was almost completely accomplished, as a government was inaugurated with a largely civilian face.
The President, the Prime Minister, and ministers, too, have been sworn in. The military has just four officer-serving portfolios, and the government is taking off. Dr Jonathan said that the Council, which will work like parliamentarians, will soon be inaugurated.”Jonathan
He added that the President of ECOWAS, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, would soon formally brief the leaders of West Africa.
Recall that last week the Economic Community of West African States ( ECOWAS) lifted the sanctions levied on Mali in the aftermath of a military coup on 18 August 2020, citing Mali’s “significant progress towards constitutional normalization” as the justification for the sanctions to be relaxed.