The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, described the development in Mali which led to the military toppling the government of President Ibrahim Keita as a setback for regional diplomacy.
He said the development portended grave consequences for the peace of West Africa.
Buhari made his position known in a series of messages posted on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari.
The President wrote, “The events in Mali are great setbacks for regional diplomacy, with grave consequences for the peace and security of West Africa.
“It is time for the unconstitutional ‘authority’ in Mali to act responsibly and ensure restoration of constitutional order, peace and stability.
“Nigeria strongly supports the efforts of ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou, for wider regional and continental consultations with ECOWAS, the AU and the UN, and the adoption of strong measures to bring speedy resolution to the situation.
“A politically stable Mali is paramount and crucial to the stability of the sub-region. We must all join efforts, ECOWAS, the AU, the UN and other stakeholders, and work together until sanity returns to Mali with the restoration of Civil Administration.”
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