BREAKING: MALI PEACE MEETING ENDS IN DEADLOCK; BUHARI RETURNS TO ABUJA

So President Muhammadu Buhari is back to Abuja from Mali where he embarked on a peace keeping mission over the crisis there. NO AGREEMENT REACHED. Crisis to continue from where they stopped.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by the host President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita; Presidents Machy Sall of Senegal, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire. Former President Goodluck Jonathan was also present.

A resistance group, M5, is insisting that the Constitutional Court must be dissolved, and the President resign before anything like peace can return to Mali. On July 10th, riots led to the killing of some protesters by security agents, causing the crisis to spiral out of control, hence the intervention by ECOWAS. If you like, bring down Angel Gabriel. The Malian people had mind up their minds. No retreat; no surrender.

Yesterday, I opined that this meeting would be dead on arrival and the discussions could have been held over Zoom. I also stated that the people of Mali are calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Keita. The indaboski group leading this shakeup were very clear in their terms that any negotiation that did not involve President Kaita stepping down was meaningless to them. African leaders take note; the wind is blowing. 🌍

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