Nigeria President, ECOWAS Special Envoy Meet Over Mali

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has expressed delight at the success of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the intervention in the Mali crisis.

Buhari, 77, revealed this when he received updates on the Mali situation from the Special Envoy/Mediator to the West African country, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday

Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said Buhari said: “We can’t do hop, step and jump like other developed nations of the world, but one is delighted at the successes recorded.’’

After the coup by the military in Mali, ECOWAS had insisted on a transition government led by a civilian, and return to Constitutional order within 12 to 18 months, among others.

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While giving updates, Jonathan said the mission given him by ECOWAS leaders was almost fully done, as a government with a largely civilian face has been inaugurated.

“The President has been sworn in, the Prime Minister, and Ministers too. The military has only four portfolios for serving officers, and the government has taken off.

“The Council, which will work like parliamentarians, will be inaugurated soon,” Jonathan said.

He added that the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana would formally brief West African leaders soon.

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