ECOWAS Appoints Ex-President Jonathan As Special Envoy For Mali

Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has been appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a special envoy to lead the sub-regional body’s mediation mission in Mali.

Ikechukwu Eze, media adviser to Dr. Jonathan disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the former President is expected to facilitate dialogue as a special envoy, “with all principal stakeholders in Mali, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, civil society as well as religious organisations, towards resolving the worsening socio-political situation in the West African country.”

The former President who received this appointment via a letter signed by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, promised to do his best to ensure that the mission achieves the desired goals.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the support of the Nigerian government, including providing an aircraft and other logistics needed to make the assignment successful.

Mali has been hit by protests fuelled by the outcome of parliamentary elections in March and April, perceived discontent over the government’s handling of the nation’s jihadist insurgency and worsening economic situation.

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