Mali prime minister and his entire cabinet resign over rise in violence, killing of herdsmen

Mali prime minister and his entire cabinet resign over rise in violence, killing of herdsmen

Following an upsurge of violence and killing of herdsmen in Mali, the prime minister of the country and his entire government have resigned.

Recall that on Wednesday, April 17, a motion of no confidence was submitted as MPs blamed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga for failing to handle the violence.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who accepted Maiga and his ministers' resignation, said: "A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces."

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Since al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists gripped the desert north of Mali in 2012, the country has been struggling to control violence, BBC reports.

Legit.ng gathers that there has been pressure on the government over its inability to restore stability, particularly after the killing of 160 Fulani herdsmen in the Mopti region.

Tens of thousands of people protested the killings in the country on the streets of the capital on April 5.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigeria would continue to offer its help and cooperation to its neighbours when necessary.

The president made this commitment on Friday, April 12, when he received the outgoing ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to Nigeria, Obiang Esono Mbengono, in Abuja.

The president said Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea had always identified with each other, “and we will continue to maintain good neighbourliness” .

President Buhari said he was happy that the outgoing ambassador “settled and understood our people and culture quite well”.

The ambassador in his remark said Nigeria made a great impact in his life as he learnt “about this big and important country,” adding that the people were friendly and warm.

In another previous report by Legit.ng, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria now ranks among the leading democracies in Africa and in the Commonwealth twenty years after it began to experience uninterrupted democratic culture.

President Buhari who was a visitor at the final day of the 50th convocation ceremonies of the University of Lagos, made this known on Thursday, April 4.

The president was represented by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Rasheed Yakubu.

He said: “With the 2019 general elections that had come and gone, we as a nation have once again reiterated our choice of democracy as the system of government by which we hope to imbibe an all-round development.

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“Our administration is committed to ensuring that the sacredness of that choice is preserved. With this policy enunciated and every programme instituted, we shall ensure that our democratic culture takes firmer roots and legacies further consolidated."

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