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Former President Jonathan secures the release of Malian President Ndaw, Prime Minister Ouane, from military junta

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has secured the release of the interim President of Mali, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, from their captors led by Col. Assimi Goita-led military junta.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Mali’s President, Prime Minister released after Jonathan’s mediation’, signed by Jonathan’s Media Office, on Thursday.

According to the statement, Jonathan, who is the mediator of the Economic Community of West African States in Mali, travelled to Bamako on Tuesday where he met with the military leaders and other stakeholders.

“The mediator and his team had on Wednesday, obtained the commitment of the military leaders to release Ndaw and Ouane, after visiting them at Kati Barracks, near Bamako where they were being held, to ascertain their health condition.

“Before visiting the President and Prime Minister in detention, Jonathan had met with Colonel Goita where he demanded their unconditional release and urged the authorities to maintain peace and stability which, according to him, are key to the conduct of the transitional process.

“The release of President Ndaw and Prime Minister Ouane early Thursday morning came three days after they were detained and stripped of their powers, nine months after they were appointed to lead the transition government.”

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