Buhari to attend emergency ECOWAS summit on Mali in Accra, Ghana

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President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja, on Sunday, for Accra, Ghana to attend an emergency Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS, convened to discuss recent political developments in Mali.

According to a statement by Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the meeting was at the instance of the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Adesina said prior to the Extraordinary Summit, the President had met with the Special Envoy and ECOWAS mediator in Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan, who briefed him on the latest developments in the country following his meeting with key political actors in the West African country.

He said as the situation in Mali continued to evolve, Nigeria had condemned the May 24 military coup, the subsequent detention of the president and prime minister by soldiers, and called for the immediate and unconditional release of all civilian officials detained.

Adesina said President Buhari would be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (retd), Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Richard Adebayo, and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

He is expected back in Abuja at the end of the one-day Summit.

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