Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is to lead other West African leaders to coup-torn Mali on Saturday “to help the search for solutions”.
Nelsdaily.com had reported on Tuesday that Mali’s elected President, Ibrahim Keita, was overthrown by mutinying troops, who took him as well as Prime Minister Boubou Cisse into custody.
Earlier on Tuesday before the coup which has sent shockwaves around West Africa, Jonathan while briefing President Muhammadu Buhari said Mali’s main opposition group, M5, was adamant on its call for the resignation of Keita.
Keita later appeared in a state television broadcast on Wednesday, declaring the dissolution of the government and National Assembly as he had no choice but to resign with immediate effect.
The United Nations, African Union, Economic Community of West African States, amongst others, had since condemned the coup.
Jonathan, who is the ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, alongside 14 other leaders in the regional bloc, will be in the Malian capital of Bamako tomorrow for peace talks with the junta leaders including Assimi Goita who has declared himself head of the junta.