President Muhammadu Buhari says Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the behest of their Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, may confer again to discuss outstanding grey areas in the Mali political situation.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement on Monday, said Buhari stated this after receiving briefing at the State House, Abuja, from ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
That was part of irreducible demands by West African leaders before sanctions imposed on the country could be lifted.
However, according to the special envoy, the military leaders have yet to satisfy ECOWAS demand of a full civilian as Vice President, and what his roles would be in government.
Buhari counseled the special envoy to present a formal report to the new ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, “who will write us officially, and we will then determine the next steps.”
The president said with about two-thirds of Mali currently under occupation by terrorists, “the priority of the military should be to secure their country,” rather than hold on to power. (NAN)