Mali crisis: Buhari receives briefing from Jonathan

Mali crisis: Buhari receives briefing from Jonathan

- A presidential source has revealed details of the meeting between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari

- Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, said that Jonathan briefed President Buhari on efforts to resolve the Mali crisis

- Jonathan told Buhari that the international community has agreed that only peaceful dialogue can put an end to the unrest in Mali

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Details of the discussion between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, August 18, in Abuja have surfaced from the presidency.

As a special of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali, Jonathan briefed President Buhari on his efforts and those of other global bodies to resolve the socio-political unrest threatening to tear the nation apart.

The former Nigerian leader told the president that while opposition political party, M5, has continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, international organisations like the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have opted for peaceful dialogue as the best way forward.

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Mali crisis: Buhari receives briefing from Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari (Source: UGC)
Source: UGC

Jonathan, according to a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the international community made it clear to the group that it will not support its position.

He said: “We told them that no international organization, including the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and others, would agree with their position. We continued to emphasize the need for dialogue."

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Reacting to the briefing, President Buhari congratulated his predecessor for the laudable display of stamina on the Mali issue, and called for more consultations with President Mahamadou Issoufou, the chairman of ECOWAS.

Earlier on Monday, reported that Jonathan met with the president at Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The purpose of the meeting was not disclosed at the time but it was believed to be connected with the ongoing political crisis bedevilling Mali.

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Jonathan was said to have arrived at the State House with members of the team on the 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.

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