President Buhari attends virtual ECOWAS leaders’ summit over Mali crisis


President Muhammadu Buhari is currently attending the second extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government over the socio-political situation in Mali.

The summit is being attended by all Presidents in the region alongside the ECOWAS President, Jean Claude Kassi Brou.

The discussions are expected to centre on finding a lasting solution to the political instability in Mali.

The government of President Ibrahim Keita was recently toppled in a bloodless coup earning the country sanctions from ECOWAS.

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The military junta in place, National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), requested a three-year term in office after which they would return the country to civilian rule.

Several talks between the new Junta and ECOWAS for a return to civilian rule ended in deadlocks after a high-level delegation led by former President Goodluck Jonathan to Bamako failed to secure its demand.

There hasn’t been a response to this request yet from ECOWAS, but it is expected that this will be discussed at this extraordinary summit.

Meanwhile, Mali’s military leader hinted on Thursday that former President Keita had been freed after he was detained in the 18 August coup.

Physically present at the statehouse in Abuja is the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari; alongside the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; the Minister of Defence ‎Bashir Magashi and the Director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.


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