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Mali Crisis: Buhari, Jonathan Celebrate Considerable Successes

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A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday met in Abuja over the political crisis in Mali.

Giving updates on the considerable improvement in the management of the crisis in Mali, Jonathan, who is the Special Envoy/Mediator to the West African country, said the mission given to him by the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was almost fully done, as a transition government with a largely civilian face has been inaugurated in Mali.

He said: “The President has been sworn in, the Prime Minister, and Ministers too. The military has only four portfolios for serving officers, and the government has taken off.

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“The Council, which will work like parliamentarians, will be inaugurated soon.”

Jonathan added that ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana would formally brief West African leaders soon.

Responding, Buhari expressed delight that crisis in Mali had calmed down considerably, following interventions by ECOWAS leaders.

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According to him, “We can’t do hop, step and jump like other developed nations of the world, but one is delighted at the successes recorded.”

It would be recalled that after the intervention by the military in Mali, ECOWAS leaders had insisted on a transition government led by a civilian, and return to constitutional order within 12-18 months, among other demands.

Idowu Sowunmi

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