- Dr Goodluck Jonathan returned back to Bamako, Mali on Monday, August 10
- The visit is in continuation of the former president's peace mission to the West African country
- Jonathan has been leading an ECOWAS delegation to the country, which is currently witnessing a socio-political crisis
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Former Nigerian president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, arrived Bamako on Monday, August 10 in continuation of his peace mission to the West African country.
Jonathan has been leading an ECOWAS delegation to the country, which is currently witnessing a socio-political crisis.
“My follow-up visit is to engage stakeholders on the implementation of the decisions and roadmap endorsed by the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government after their Extraordinary Virtual Summit held on July 27, 2020.
“As West Africans, we have a shared destiny and should never be tired of rallying round each other to solve problems in our geographical space,” Jonathan wrote on his social media pages.
Legit.ng had earlier 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, while recent street processions have 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.
President Muhammadu Buhari participated in a virtual meeting to resolve the crisis on Monday, July 27.
The result of that meeting may have informed the decision of Dr Jonathan to return to the country based on the new position of the ECOWAS leaders.
Meanwhile, Dr Jonathan has cautioned against the possibility of coronavirus pandemic breeding dictators in Africa as scourge exceeds five-million threshold globally.
The former president made the comment on Friday, May 22, while participating in a webinar organised by the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Jonathan enjoined African leaders to be careful of the way they handle the scourge which has ushered the world into unrest, adding that "all continental bodies must come up with their own minimum standards."
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