President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, also known as (ECOWAS) described the crisis in Mali as a setback to West Africa.
Buhari said the incident was a setback to diplomacy and peace among West African countries and called for the immediate release of Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and a return to constitutional order in the West African nation.
“President Keita and other detainees should be released unconditionally and with immediate effect,” the Nigerian leader said.
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According to Buhari: “The events in Mali are great setbacks for regional diplomacy, with grave consequences for the peace and security of West Africa. It is time for the unconstitutional ‘authority’ in Mali to act responsibly and ensure restoration of constitutional order, peace and stability.
“Nigeria strongly supports the efforts of ECOWAS Chairman, Président Mahamadou Issoufou, for wider regional and continental consultations with ECOWAS, the AU and the UN, and the adoption of strong measures to bring a speedy resolution to the situation.
“A politically stable Mali is paramount and crucial to the stability of the sub-region. We must all join efforts, ECOWAS, the AU, the UN and other stakeholders must work together until sanity returns to Mali with the restoration of Civil Administration.”
Nigeria strongly supports the efforts of ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou, for wider regional and continental consultations with ECOWAS, the AU and the UN, and the adoption of strong measures to bring speedy resolution to the situation.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 20, 2020
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