Mali crisis: President Buhari in secret talks with Jonathan

Mali crisis: President Buhari in secret talks with Jonathan

- President Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan have met again

- Both Nigerian leaders held brief closed-door talks over the political imbroglio in Mali

- In June, Buhari and Jonathan, alongside other African leaders, met in Bamako to resolve Mali crisis

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, August 18, met with his predecessor, former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, at the State House, Abuja.

The purpose of the meeting has not been disclosed yet but it may be connected with the ongoing political crisis bedevilling Mali.

Jonathan was said to have arrived at the State House with members of the team on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission to Mali.

Although no official press address has been made as at this report time, this is not the first time both leaders will meet over the present political imbroglio that has polarised Mali into opposing sides.

Mali crisis: President Buhari in secret talks with Jonathan
President Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan have met again. Credit: The Nation.
Source: Twitter recalls that on Thursday, July 23, President Buhari and Jonathan travelled to the capital city Mali, Bamako amid heightened efforts towards stopping the socio-political crisis in the West African country.

President of Ghana Nana Akuffo-Addo and Mahamadou Issoufou, president of the Republic of Niger, president of Senegal Macky Sall and president of Cote d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara, were also at the crucial meeting.

Jonathan, who is a member of the special envoy constituted by the West Africa bloc ECOWAS, had made a surprise visit to the Sahel on Tuesday, August 11, on the eve of opposition-led demonstrations against embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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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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