- The escalating crisis in Mali has made ECOWAS leaders to gather virtually for an extraordinary session
- President Buhari and other West African leaders are looking for an amicable way to resolve the brewing political crisis in Mali
- The ECOWAS leaders had earlier met in Mali to meet with the president and other stakeholders
President Muhammadu Buhari is participating in a virtual meeting of the Extraordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.
This was disclosed on Twitter by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, on Monday, July 27.
The presidential aide revealed that the recent political crisis in Mali is the top agenda of the meeting.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the bid by West African leaders at the one-day summit on Thursday, July 23, to calm nerves and restore peace in Mali ended in a deadlock amid the escalating political crisis in the country.
Malians are calling for the resignation of their president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, over the unabated insurgency attacks in the country coupled with economic crisis and corruption.
The citizens also want President Keita to resign over the controversial parliamentary elections which handed victory to the president's party.
The agitation has led to a full-blown protest movement named June 5.
A recent protest organised by the movement turned violent. For three straight days, clashes between the protesters and security forces left 11 dead and 158 injured, in the worst political unrest Mali had seen in years.
To restore peace in the country, President Buhari and other leaders in the region met President Keita and leaders of the protest movement. The intervention, however, failed to seal a deal.
The Economic Community of West African States mediators suggested forming a new unity government which will include opposition members.
They also suggested the appointment of new constitutional court judges who could re-examine the results of the controversial elections.
However, the June 5 Movement insisted that any proposition that did not involve Keita’s resignation would not be accepted.
The president's camp and the opposition continued talking while the protests have been suspended ahead of the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Brema Ely Dicko, a sociologist at the University of Bamako, had suggested the opposition might be prepared to accept Prime Minister Boubou Cisse’s resignation instead of Keita’s.