As part of efforts aimed at resolving the worsening socio-political situation in Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed as a special envoy for the West African nation.
The high-profile appointment was given to Jonathan on Tuesday, July 14, by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
As part of his duties, the former Nigerian leader is to convene a series of talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition bigwigs, civil society as well as religious bodies.
Mali has been engulfed in political unrest following the outcome of the elections conducted in March and April, and local displeasure over the current administration’s handling of insurgency and unstable economy.
Meanwhile, in a thread of tweets on Friday, June 19, the former president felicitated with Ndayishimiye who was sworn-in as the ninth president of Burundi.
He also extended his appreciation to the good people of the Republic of Burundi for the seamless transition, urging the new president to give his task of leading his people his best shot to be able to deliver peace and the dividends of democracy to the people of his country.
Part of the letter from Jonathan reads: “I congratulate His Excellency President Evariste Ndayishimiye who has just been sworn in as Burundi’s ninth president. I extend my sincere felicitations to him and the good people of the Republic of Burundi for this seamless transition.”