President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received former president Goodluck Jonathan for an update situation over the political crisis in Mali.
The meeting between the incumbent president and his predecessor held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, according to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Jonathan, who currently serves as the Special Envoy and ECOWAS mediator to Mali. briefed President Buhari on the actions of the Malian military, which detained both the country’s president and prime minister.
According to the statement, the president urged disputing parties in the ongoing political crisis in Mali to settle their differences and unite for the peace and unity of the country.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja called on the actors in the political crisis in Mali to come together for the peace and unity of the country.
“The President spoke when he received in audience former President Goodluck Jonathan who is Special Envoy and ECOWAS mediator to the West African country.”
The statement also quoted the President as saying that “a situation where most parts of the country are in the hands of insurgents calls for a consensus and restoration of peace, not a further escalation of the crisis”.
Jonathan briefed the President on the current situation in Mali after meeting with the key political actors ahead of the meeting of ECOWAS leaders under the Chairmanship of President Nana Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana.
On Monday, Mali’s interim President, Bah N’Daw, and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were detained by soldiers following a coup.
They were subsequently released after three days in detention.