Osinbajo in Ghana, attends ECOWAS summit on Mali

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in Ghana to attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

Osinbajo, who is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the summit, will join other leaders in the sub-region to discuss the political crisis in Mali and the security situation in the sub-region at large.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said the Vice President will also meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana to discuss issues bothering on their well being against the backdrop of recent hostile action, especially against traders of Nigerian origin.

Accompanying the Vice President is the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb Zubairu Dada.

Following the coup that broke out in Mali on August 18, ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the United States have condemned the action.

The regional bloc suspended the country pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions.

Similarly, ECOWAS delegation headed by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, arrived in the Malian capital, Bamako on August 20 to push for a speedy return to civilian rule after a military coup in the troubled nation.

The delegation met with the members of the new junta as well as ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Rebel soldiers seized Keita and other leaders after a mutiny dealing another deep blow to a country already struggling with a brutal Islamist insurgency and widespread public discontent over its government.

Mali’s neighbours have called for Keita to be reinstated, saying the purpose of the delegation’s visit was to help “ensure the immediate return of constitutional order”.

“ECOWAS appreciates what is happening in Mali and ECOWAS wants the best for the country,” Jonathan said after his arrival.