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Mali Crisis: M5 insist on resignation of Keita, says Jonathan

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that main opposition group, M5, continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, a position not acceptable to ECOWAS, while insisted only on democratic process in change of power within its jurisdiction.

He made this known at the State House Abuja on Tuesday, while briefing President Muhammed Buhari on the political situation in the West African country, as corollary to efforts by West African leaders to restore stability to Republic of Mali.

Dr Jonathan, who is ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of Mali, was in Mali from Monday to Thursday, last week, recounted his meetings with the stakeholders, including political and religious leaders, Ambassadors of US, France, Russia, Germany, European Union, and other important personalities key to peace and cohesion in the country.

According to him, “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,” adding that the Constitutional Court had been reconstituted and inaugurated, while vacancies in the Supreme Court had been filled, thus sorting out the judicial arm of government.

President Buhari thanked Dr Jonathan for what he called “the stamina you have displayed” on the Mali issue, and counseled further consultations with the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic. Meanwhile, President Buhari and four other ECOWAS leaders had visited Bamako, Mali, last month, followed by a virtual extraordinary summit of the sub-regional body.

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