Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as a special envoy to lead the sub-regional body’s mediation mission in Mali.
In that capacity, Dr Jonathan would facilitate dialogue with all principal stakeholders in Mali, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, civil society as well as religious organisations, on the process of resolving the worsening socio-political condition in that country.
Speaking ahead of his scheduled departure for Bamako on Wednesday, Jonathan promised to do his best to ensure that the mission achieves the desired result.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the support of the Nigerian Government, including providing an aircraft and other logistics needed to make the assignment successful.
Jonathan, who had led peace missions to many crises-ridden nations in the past, would deploy his enormous goodwill on the continent to facilitate restoration of peace in the troubled nation.
Mali has been in the throes of protests by citizens, actions that were caused by the outcome of parliamentary elections in March and April, this year.
There has been a perceived discontent over the government’s handling of Mali’s jihadist insurgency and worsening economic situation.
D appointment was communicated to him in a letter signed Presidenyt of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, communicated the appointment to Dr Jonathan.
His letter reads: “Given your position as the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the great role and contributions your tenure offered to the maintenance of peace, security and stability in our region, I have the honour, in consultation with the Chair of the Authority, H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to communicate to you, the decision to appoint you as ECOWAS Special Envoy for the sociopolitical crisis in Mali.”
Jonathan would engage in consultations with all relevant stakeholders involved in the ongoing dispute in Mali to facilitate the achievement of harmony and common ground in the quest for peace.