Buhari wears face mask for first time on trip to Mali

Buhari wears face mask for first time on trip to Mali

- President Muhammadu Buhari made a record on Thursday, July 23

- The president was seen with a face mask on his trip to Bamako, the capital of Mali

- Buhari travelled to Bamako for peace mission over the political upheaval after its last general elections

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For the very first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari was seen with a face mask on Thursday, July 23.

The president was seen with a face mask on his arrival at Bamako, the capital of Mali on Thursday.

Alongside other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) led by President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, President Buhari is in the nation for consultation that will seek to bring a lasting solution to political unrest.

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Nigeria's number one citizen left the country for Mali alongside former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Buhari wears face mask for first time on trip to Mali
President Muhammadu Buhari with face mask in Mali (Photo Source: Twitter/ @BahirAhmaad)
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jonathan and President Buhari had arrived 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 were parts of the ECOWAS special envoy on a peace mission to Mali which was embroiled in crisis.

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Others on the peace mission included 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 to find common ground in the search for a solution.

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Jonathan was appointed as a special envoy for Mali. 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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