President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday joined ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments in calling for immediate release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, and a return to Constitutional order in the country.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs revealed this via his Twitter handle on Thursday.
Today, H.E. President @MBuhari participated in a Virtual Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on the Socio-Political Situation in Mali at the State House, Abuja.
According to a statement, the President spoke at a virtual Economic Community of West African States Extraordinary Session on the situation in Mali.
He said “The action of the military in Mali has regrettably hoisted on us as a sub-region, the need to decide the options that will be consistent with the provisions of the Protocol on Good Governance and Democracy, which ECOWAS, AU, and the UN subscribe to.
“In this context, therefore, Nigeria subscribes to the under-listed recommendations for action by our organisation: President Keita and other detainees should be released unconditionally and with immediate effect.
“Nigeria supports the efforts of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, for wider regional and continental consultations, especially on the possibility of detaching ECOWAS and AU troops with the UN Mission in Mali, to protect state institutions and also act as first layer of defence in the country to help preserve and protect lives and property.”
“Indeed, it saddens me greatly as we meet today to discuss the turn of events in Mali, which commenced on Tuesday this week, where President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, his Prime Minister and senior members of his government were arrested, resulting in the forceful resignation of the President as well as the dissolution of the Parliament.