President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the immediate release of Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
According to a statement by the State House, President Buhari who made the call on Thursday during a virtual meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) further maintained that the country returns to constitutional order.
President Buhari also stated that Nigeria is in support of “the efforts of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, for wider regional and continental consultations, especially on the possibility of detaching ECOWAS and AU troops with the UN Mission in Mali, to protect State Institutions and also act as the first layer of defence in the country to help preserve and protect lives and property.”
He described the , the removal of the Malian President as having “devastating consequences” for the country and the West African sub-region.
“Today, Mali has not only descended into political chaos but also socio-economic and security disaster with potentially tragic consequences to Mali and the sub-region,” he explained.
“ECOWAS, the AU, and the UN should not stand by, while the situation deteriorates,” he said.
It would be recalled that rebel troops on Tuesday seized Malian President Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and Malian army officer, Colonel Assimi Goita on Wednesday announced himself as the coup leader.
The coup has been widely condemned by the African Union (AU), the US and European Union; with AU suspending Malli and demanding the release of the detained leaders.