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Osinbanjo to represent Nigeria at Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS

by Charles Olowe
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent Nigeria at an Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, disclosed that the summit would focus on the political situation in Mali and other parts of the region.

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He said the vice president will depart Lagos on Friday for Accra, Ghana, join other leaders from West Africa to review progress made by Mali’s military junta on the return of the country to democratic rule.
The summit will receive and consider an updated report from ECOWAS Mediator in Mali, Former President Goodluck Jonathan who visited Bamako between March 18 to March 20 to meet with the head of the junta, and heads of state will also review the situations in the Republics of Burkina Faso and Guinea.
At the last ECOWAS meeting held in February, it was agreed that only democratically elected governments would be recognized and supported in West Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been delegating the vice president to represent Nigeria at a series of ECOWAS leaders’ summits on the particular issue of undemocratic, military takeover of governments in the region since 2021,
Osinbajo is expected to be  back in Abuja on Friday and to accompany him to the meeting are the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Special Adviser on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, and other top Nigerian officials.

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