ECOWAS Special Meeting on Burkina Faso in Progress in Abuja

by ThisDay

The Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Authority of Heads of State and Government‎ has kicked off in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari is hosting the meeting to resolve the impasse in Burkina Faso.

The main item on the agenda of the summit was the current political situation in Burkina Faso.
Last week, Buhari and the Federal Government condemned the detention of the Interim President, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the transitional government of Burkina Faso in a coup d'etat.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said Buhari and Nigeria aligned with ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in rejecting the brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere.

The statement said: "Buhari and Nigeria urge the Defense and Security Forces of Burkina Faso to keep faith with the agreed transitional programme for the return of the country to full democratic rule after elections, which were due to be held in the country on October 11, in support of which Nigeria has donated 20 pick-up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso."‎
While welcoming the news that the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando has now been freed, Buhari and Nigeria also demand the immediate release of Prime Minister, Isaac Zida and other detained ministers.

president said Nigeria would give the fullest possible support to ongoing efforts by the ECOWAS mediatory team of President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic to quickly restore Burkina Faso to the path of order, democracy and constitutionalism.

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