- President Buhari on Monday, September 28, met former president Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock
- The president received a briefing from ECOWAS special envoy to Mali, former president Goodluck Jonathan
- Mali has appointed a civilian as an interim president
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President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that heads of state and government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would meet soon over developments in the Republic of Mali.
Legit.ng reports that Buhari disclosed this on Monday, September 28, at the State House after receiving briefing from ECOWAS special envoy to Mali, former president Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the meeting would be at the behest of the chairman of the heads of state and government of the ECOWAS.
Mali has appointed a civilian as an interim president, who would stay in office for 18 months and lead the country back to constitutional order following a military coup.
He said that was part of irreducible demands by West African leaders before sanctions imposed on the country could be lifted.
The special envoy, however, said the military leaders are yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as a vice president and what his roles would be in government.
That position is being held by a serving military officer, who was also one of the leaders of the take-over.
Buhari counseled the special envoy to present a formal report to the new ECOWAS chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, “who will then write us officially, and we then determine the next steps.”
The President said with about two-thirds of Mali currently under occupation by terrorists, “the priority of the military should be to secure their country,” rather than hold on to power.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the transitional government of Mali led by President Bah Ndaw has appointed a new prime minister, Moctar Ouané, to work with him.
It was reported that Ouané who is 64 years old had served as a former ambassador of the nation to the United Nations (UN) from 1995-2002 and foreign minister until 2009.
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