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Buhari meets Jonathan, applauds ECOWAS successes in Mali situation

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received updates on the Mali situation from the Special Envoy/Mediator to the West African country, former President Goodluck Jonathan, expressing the delight that the situation had calmed down considerably.

He noted that the normalcy followed interventions by leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“We can’t do hop, step and jump like other developed nations of the world, but one is delighted at the successes recorded,” Buhari said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

After the intervention by the military in Mali, ECOWAS had insisted on a transition government led by a civilian, and return to Constitutional order within 12-18 months, among others.

Earlier, Jonathan said the mission given him by ECOWAS leaders was almost fully done, as a government with a largely civilian face has been inaugurated.

“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.

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

He said the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana would formally brief West African leaders soon.

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