President Buhari Denounces Mali Coup as a setback for Regional Diplomacy

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President Muhammadu Buhari has denounced the military coup in Mali, saying the move is a setback for Regional diplomacy in Africa.

The Nigerian President reiterated that the events leading up to the coup as well as the coup itself which toppled President Ibrahim Keita as a setback for peace in West Africa.

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Expressing himself on Twitter, President Buhari echoed the call of other African leaders and demanded for the restitution of constitutional order in Mali.

According to the President;

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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