Mali: Nigeria Condemns Coup, Demands Restoration of Constitutional Order

Nigerian has called for an ‘immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order in’ neighboring Mali following a coup that ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Tuesday.

The call was made by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama,via his verified twitter handle @GeoffreyOnyeama on Wednesday.

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The minister stated that Nigeria also welcomed the urgent activation of the ECOWAS Standby Force.

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“The Nigerian government unequivocally condemns the coup d’état that took place in Mali on Tuesday and demands the immediate and unconditional restoration of constitutional order.

‘We welcome the urgent activation of the ECOWAS Standby Force,” Onyeama said.

Recall that President Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested by the military after a mutiny on Tuesday.

The move followed months of street protests in the volatile West African state with a long battle against Islamic insurgency.

The coup was preceded by weeks of repeated anti-government protests and political protests, where talks between the government and the opposition, led by a popular cleric, Mahmoud Dicko, a former ally of Keita, failed.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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