President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed happiness that the situation in Mali has calmed down considerably, following interventions by leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said that Buhari expressed the happiness when he received updates on the Mali situation from the ECOWAS Special Envoy/Mediator to Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari said: “We can’t do hop, step and jump like other developed nations of the world but one is delighted at the successes recorded.’’
It would be recalled that after the intervention by the military in Mali, ECOWAS insisted on the formation of a transition government, led by a civilian, and a return to constitutional order within 12 to 18 months, among others.
Jonathan, while briefing the president, said that his mission in Mali was almost completed, as a government with a largely civilian face had been inaugurated in the West African country.
“The President has been sworn in, the Prime Minister, and Ministers too. The military has only four portfolios for serving officers, and the government has taken off.
“The Council, which will work like parliamentarians, will be inaugurated soon,” he added.
Jonathan said that the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana would formally brief West African leaders about the Mali situation soon.