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FG CONDEMNS DETENTION OF MALI’S PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER

The Federal Government has condemned the detention of the duo of interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane of Mali.


Eons Intelligence earlier reported that Mali’s Military late on Monday detained the country’s President, Prime Minister, and Defence Minister, intensifying political instability in the country nine months after a military coup overthrew its previous leader.


Reacting to the development, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwoye, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said the two key officials in the transitional Government of Mali were reportedly taken by Soldiers to the Kati Military Camp near the Capital, Bamako, on Monday 24, May 2021.


He said the action is totally unacceptable and might derail the peacebuilding efforts and timetable for the return of democratic governance in Mali.


“The Federal Government of Nigeria, therefore, calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the detained President and Prime Minister.


“The key actors and perpetrators of the condemnable act should be aware of the fact that stakeholders in the region and friends of Mali reject any act of coercion of the detained officials, including forced resignations,” he said.


President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, and Defence Minister Souleymane Doucoure were all taken to a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako, hours after two members of the military and first coup leaders lost their positions in a Government reshuffle.


Their detentions followed the military ouster in August of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.


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