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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received his
immediate predecessor in office, Goodluck Jonathan, at the
State House, Abuja.
Jonathan is the ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of
He briefed the president on the political situation in the West
The meeting coincides with the reports of soldiers’ arrest of
senior officers in an apparent mutiny.
Buhari and other ECOWAS leaders had visited Bamako, Mali,
Jonathan, who was in Mali from Monday to Thursday last
week, recounted his meetings with the stakeholders.
They include political and religious leaders, Ambassadors of
US, France, Russia, Germany, European Union.
M5-RFP, the main opposition group, insists on the resignation
of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
But ECOWAS insists it cannot order a sitting president to
“We told them that no international organization, including the
African Union, United Nations and others, would agree with
their position. We continued to emphasize the need for
dialogue,” Jonathan stressed.
Buhari thanked Jonathan for “the stamina you have displayed”
on the Mali issue.
He counseled further consultations with the Chairman of
ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic.