- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Wednesday, July 15, left Nigeria for Mali
- The former Nigerian president met with rival political groups in the West African nation to bring about peace following the outcome of its last elections
- Jonathan was recently appointed by ECOWAS as special envoy to Mali
Following his new appointment as a special envoy for Mali, former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has left his home country for the West African nation.
Soon after his arrival at Bamako on Wednesday, July 15, as directed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Jonathan held a meeting with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, leaders of the opposition and those of global bodies in Mali.
In fact, one of the first yields of Jonathan's peace effort is the calling off of the scheduled protests which was to be staged by a coalition of opposition parties, a move reportedly spearheaded by Mahmoud Dicko, a renowned cleric.
The former Nigerian president also met with the main opposition known as M5-RFP on Wednesday.
Just like he was mandated to mediate the ravaging political turmoil in Mali, he sued for cooperation from different Malian stakeholders, charging them to remain purposeful and patriotic throughout the peace-making process.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that with a view to resolving the worsening socio-political situation in Mali, Jonathan had been appointed as a special envoy for the West African nation.
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.”