Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday continued his mediator role in Mali, as leader of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The former president and his team who are in the Malian capital of Bamako have met with key figures of the country, including the President of the Transition Government Bah N’daw and Vice President Colonel Assimi Goita.
The meetings are aimed at restoring normalcy in the West African country ahead of the general elections, following a protracted socio-political crisis there.
Jonathan confirmed the meetings on his verified facebook page saying:
“Today, the ECOWAS mediation team had a fruitful meeting with His Excellency Bar N’Daw, President of Mali’s Transition Government, a day after we met with Vice President Colonel Assimi Goita and other key stakeholders, ahead of the nation’s scheduled general elections.
“We commend the assurances from the government on its commitment to the implementation of its action plan within the agreed 18-month transition period.
“We are optimistic that the journey to peace, reconciliation and social justice has begun in the Republic of Mali”.
The country was thrown into political turmoil following the forced resignation of 75 year old Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August last year by the military junta.