Mali: Again, Buhari, ECOWAS leaders in emergency meeting over military junta

President Muhammadu Buhari has again joined other Heads of and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an emergency virtual extraordinary summit over the ongoing political crisis in Mali.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ECOWAS leaders had earlier met, via conferencing on Aug. 20, to deliberate on same matter where they called for immediate release of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, and a return to Constitutional order in the .

NAN observed that the ousted Malian president, Keita, was released from detention by the junta on Aug. 27 in line with the of the ECOWAS leaders.

NAN gathered that the ongoing summit of the ECOWAS leaders would review the socio-political situation in Mali, following the insistence of the Malian junta to stay in power for three years before returning the to constitutional order.

The summit, chaired by current ECOWAS Chairman and President of Niger Republic, Mahmadou Issoufu, is also to consider the report of ECOWAS Envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, recently returned from Mali, where he interacted with leadership of the junta.

Those with the president at the Council Chamber for the meeting include of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Minister of , Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of , , Zubairu Dada.

Others are National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director General National Intelligence Agency, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai among others.(NAN)