- Efforts have been intensified to restore peace in Mali
- Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari have arrived the West African nation
- The two Nigerian leaders joined others on a special envoy to Mali with a view to finding peace to the country's socio-political crisis
Amid heightened efforts towards stopping the socio-political crisis in Mali, Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari have arrived the capital city of the West Africa nation, Bamako.
Jonathan and the Nigerian president arrived Mali on Thursday, July 23, alongside the president of Ghana Nana Akuffo-Addo and Mahamadou Issoufou, president of the Republic of Niger.
They are parts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) special envoy on a peace mission to Mali which is currently embroiled in crisis.
Others on the peace mission include chairman of ECOWAS authority, president of Senegal Macky Sall and president of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara.
The regional leaders are expected to meet with key stakeholders, group and leaders of parties in Mali over the political crisis in the country with a view to helping them find common ground in the search for a solution.
It would be recalled that Jonathan was appointed as a special envoy for the West African nation. The high-profile appointment was given to Jonathan on Tuesday, July 14.
As part of his duties, the former Nigerian leader is to convene a series of talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition bigwigs, civil society as well as religious bodies.
The letter of appointment 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.”
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