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Mali Crisis: Details Of President Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan’s Meeting Revealed

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Information about the discussions between Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday, August 18, have been revealed by the presidency.

Jonathan who is a special envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Mali briefed President Buhari on his efforts and those of other global bodies to resolve the socio-political unrest threatening to tear the nation apart.

The former Nigerian leader told the president that while opposition political party, M5, has continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, international organisations like the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have opted for peaceful dialogue as the best way forward.

Presidential media aide, Garba Shehu, disclosed that the international community made it clear to the group that it will not support its position.

He said: “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.”

Reacting to the briefing, President Buhari congratulated his predecessor for the laudable display of stamina on the Mali issue, and called for more consultations with President Mahamadou Issoufou, the chairman of ECOWAS.

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