President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received a special envoy from Col. Assimi Goita, the transitional president of Mali, promising that Nigeria would do her best for the sister country, within the requirements of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Mali’s minister of territorial administration and decentralisation, Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, led a team, which briefed President Buhari on conclusions from the National Conference on State-Rebuilding, held in Bamako between December 27 and 30, 2021.
Responding to the comprehensive briefing, President Buhari said nobody could love Mali more than Malians themselves, counselling that everyone should work within the tenets of ECOWAS, in order to restore constitutional order to the West African country at the shortest possible time.
“I am pleased you have briefed the ECOWAS Chairman too,’’ said President Buhari in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
“Nigeria will work within ECOWAS limitations to assist Mali. Every country has its issues. We fought our own Civil War before, so we may not know the totality of the internal politics of each country. But we will make as much sacrifice as we can for Mali, within ECOWAS requirements.”
The special envoy expressed gratitude to Nigeria for the support given to his country in terms of bilateral relations, and for the help rendered to the ECOWAS Mediation Team, led by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the vision of Col. Goita was a speedy return to democracy, adding that Mali wants to review laws guiding elections, “and professionalise the process.”