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Events in Mali threatens peace and security in West Africa – President Buhari

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has joined the many individuals, organizations and nations to condemn the current occurrence in Mali where President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government has been overthrown by military coup.

“Nigeria strongly supports the efforts of ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou, for wider regional and continental consultations with ECOWAS, the AU and the UN, and the adoption of strong measures to bring speedy resolution to the situation,” the President’s statement reads.

The head of state of the continent’s economic giant stated that “the events in Mali are great setbacks for regional diplomacy, with grave consequences for the peace and security of West Africa. He further added that it is time for the unconstitutional ‘authority’ in Mali to act responsibly and ensure restoration of constitutional order, peace and stability.”

Mali has been in the news since the arrest and later resignation of the now-defunct President; the unconstitutional change of government has been graced by locals, especially members of the opposition party as they were seen on the streets cheering the military.

International organizations, countries and regional bodies strongly condemn the act. In recent developments, the French government has reportedly taken the issue to the United Nations whilst the AU and ECOWAS have outlined certain sanctions against the country ranging from border closures, restriction of financial flow, among others in a bit to establish a democratic rule.

The supposed mutineers, however, assured the people of Mali that they will ensure there is a political transition and elections within a “reasonable time” to build the much-desired democracy.

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