The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has appointed former President Goodluck Jonathan as a special envoy to lead the sub-regional body’s mediation mission in Mali.
As a Special Envoy, Mr Jonathan is tasked with facilitating dialogue with all principal stakeholders in Mali, including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, civil society as well as religious organisations in order to resolve the worsening socio-political situation which the West African country is fraught with.
Speaking to newsmen ahead of his scheduled departure for Bamako on Wednesday, the ex-president assured that he will do his best to ensure that the mission achieves the desired result.
According to his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, Mr Jonathan also commended the President Muhammadu Buhari for the support which his administration is lending to the cause by providing an aircraft and other logistics needed to make the assignment successful.
Former President Jonathan, who has a good track record of leading many successful peacekeeping mission in the past is expected to deploy his enormous goodwill to facilitate the restoration of peace back to the troubled nation.
The West African nation has been hit by protests, sparked by perceived discontent over the government’s handling of Mali’s jihadist insurgency, the outcome of parliamentary elections in March and April as well as worsening economic situation.
The letter which notified President Jonathan of his appointment was signed by the President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.
It read: “Given your position as the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the great role and contributions your tenure offered to the maintenance of peace, security and stability in our region, I have the honour, in consultation with the Chair of the Authority, H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to communicate to you, the decision to appoint you as ECOWAS Special Envoy for the sociopolitical crisis in Mali.”