President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday joined other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an extra-ordinary virtual meeting to mitigate the political crisis in Mali.
The meeting was summoned by the president in line with the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the ECOWAS leaders in Bamako, Mali.
The Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou had on Thursday said the sub-regional body would do all it could to address the crisis in Mali.
Thursday’s meeting was attended by President Buhari, Host President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire.
A statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the ECOWAS leaders listened to a briefing by the ECOWAS Special Envoy, Goodluck Jonathan, and leader of the opposition, Imam Mahmoud Dicko.
The representatives of the opposition alliance, M5 and Civil Society Organisations also briefed the leaders on their positions over the crisis.
However, Monday’s meeting of the ECOWAS leaders may recommend drastic measures to address the crisis.