President Buhari and Joonathan in Aso Rock during a recent meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended his immediate predecessor in office, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for displaying stamina on the Mali issue.

President Buhari, who gave the commendation when he received Dr. Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, counseled further consultations with the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic.

Former President Jonathan, who is ECOWAS Special Envoy to the Republic of Mali, briefed President Buhari on the political situation in the West African country, as corollary to efforts by West African leaders to restore stability to the country.

President Buhari and four other ECOWAS leaders visited Bamako, Mali, last month, followed by a virtual extraordinary summit of the sub-regional body.

Dr Jonathan, who was in Mali from Monday to Thursday, last week, recounted his meetings with the stakeholders, including political and religious leaders, Ambassadors of US, France, Russia, Germany, European Union, and other important personalities key to peace and cohesion in the country.

He said that the main opposition group, M5, continued to insist on the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a position, he explained is not acceptable to ECOWAS, which insisted that only on democratic process is change of power within its jurisdiction.

Jonathan further said; “We told them that no international organization, including the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), and others, would agree with their position. We continued to emphasize the need for dialogue”.

He added that the Constitutional Court had been reconstituted and inaugurated, while vacancies in the Supreme Court had been filled, thus sorting out the judicial arm of government.

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