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Nigeria’ll work within ECOWAS limits to assist Mali—Buhari

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has pledged Nigeria’s support to the Republic of Mali as its transitional leadership works to restore the country to civilian rule.

He, however, made it clear that Nigeria’s assistance will not go beyond the limits of the extant sanctions imposed on the country by the Economic Community of West African States.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement titled ‘We’ll make as much sacrifice as we can for Mali, within ECOWAS requirements, says President Buhari’.

On November 8, 2021, it was reported that ECOWAS leaders, at a meeting presided over by Ghanaian President and Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, Nana Akufo-Addo, imposed sanctions with immediate effect against individuals and groups who have been identified with the Mali Coup—including the entire transition authorities and the other transition institutions.

The sanctions include a travel ban and the freezing of financial assets of the individuals involved and members of their families.

In mid-December 2021, the bloc also threatened to impose more sanctions on the Goita-led junta if it failed to conduct presidential elections by February 27. Months earlier, the ECOWAS had suspended Mali following military coups in August 2020 and May 2021. Continue Reading

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