Former President, Goodluck Jonathan took time off his duties as ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali to meet with the Nigerian community in Bamako. Jonathan who has been providing updates on his assignment in Mali on his Twitter handle says “I took time off our @ecowas_cedeao mediation efforts in Mali to visit with the Nigerian community in Bamako. I was impressed by their sense of solidarity & patriotism. I charged them to be of good conduct in order to project a good image for our nation”.
The former Nigerian leader had returned to Bamako on Monday to continue with efforts at resolving the socio-political crisis in Mali after the Eid-El Kabir holiday. Since his return, he has “witnessed the inauguration of Mali’s constitutional court, a month after its dissolution. Reconstitution of the Court is an important step in the roadmap drawn by the Auth(ority) of ECOWAS Heads of State & Govt for the resolution of the political crisis in Mali”
He has also continued to meet with different stakeholders to secure their support and involvement in the peace process approved by ECOWAS. “We continued our consultations today by engaging more stakeholders. Many of them see last Monday’s reconstituting of the Constitutional Court, filling up spaces for justices in the supreme court & emergence of key cabinet members as important steps in the right direction”.
Jonathan is also travelling round Mali to meet with key stakeholders. On Thursday he said, “Today we visited Sheikh Mohamed Ould Cheikne, the well-respected Sheriff of Nioro. I’m encouraged by his message of peace & the determination of other leaders like him, to believe that the protracted political crisis in Mali will soon be resolved”
The major challenge facing the restoration of peace in Mali is the refusal of 31 lawmakers who won disputed seats in the country’s parliament to resign for fresh election to be conducted. The other contentions issue is the refusal of some members of the opposition to join the proposed National Unity Government.
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