President Buhari Departs For A One-Day Trip To Mali Today.

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This would be Mr. President’s first trip outside the country since the pandemic began.

Buhari departs Abuja today for Bamako, the Republic of Mali for a one- day trip. This is prompted by the visit of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, ECOWAS special representative who visited the President’s office on Tuesday to brief him on the unfolding situation in Mali, necessitating the visit of ECOWAS leaders to consolidate on the agreements reached by various parties.

In a statement released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said Buhari and some ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic, agreed to meet in Mali to engage in further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country.

A resistance group, M5, in Mali is insisting that the constitutional court must be dissolved and the President resigns before peace can return to the country.

Crisis had erupted after the court nullified results of 31 parliamentary seats in the polls held recently, awarding victory to some other contenders, which the resistance group said was at the instigation of President Keita.

Riots on July 10 had led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, causing the crisis to spiral out of control, hence the intervention by ECOWAS.

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