- Former president Jonathan has arrived in Mali for another crucial assignment
- The former president said he arrived in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, for a peace mission
- Jonathan who is an ECOWAS leader said he is optimistic that the peace mission will yield positive results
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Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has arrived in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, for a crucial diplomatic assignment.
Jonathan who arrived in Bamako on Wednesday evening, July 15, said he is on a peace mission to the West African country as leader of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
"I arrived in Bamako Wednesday evening with my delegation to begin my assignment as leader of @ecowas_cedeao peace mission to Mali.
"I'm optimistic that our mission will yield positive results. Our message of peace and progress has so far been well received by stakeholders," the former president said on his verified Twitter account on Wednesday evening.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jonathan was appointed as a special envoy for Mali with the mandate to resolve the worsening socio-political situation in the country.
The high-profile appointment was given to Jonathan on Tuesday, July 14, by ECOWAS.
As part of his duties, the former Nigerian leader is to convene a series of talks with all President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition bigwigs, civil society as well as religious bodies.
The letter of appointment, made available to Legit.ng, from the president of ECOWAS' commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou to Jonathan read: “Given your position as the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the great role and contributions your tenure offered to the maintenance of peace, security and stability in our region, I have the honour, in consultation with the Chair of the Authority, H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to communicate to you, the decision to appoint you as ECOWAS Special Envoy for the sociopolitical crisis in Mali.”
Mali has been engulfed in political unrest following the outcome of the elections conducted in March and April, local displeasure over the current administration's handling of insurgency and unstable economy.
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