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FG Calls For Release Of Mali’s Interim President, Prime Minister

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Ijeoma Okeke

The Federal Government has condemned the detention of the interim President of Mali, Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, saying it is unacceptable.

Mali’s interim President and Prime Minister were taken to a military base outside the capital Bamako following a cabinet reshuffle on Monday

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Both officials who are in the transitional government of Mali were taken by soldiers.

In a statement issued by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye on Tuesday, the Federal Government described the action as totally unacceptable.

According to the statement, the action might derail the peacebuilding efforts and timetable for the return of democratic governance in Mali.

The Statement read, “The Federal Government of Nigeria, therefore, calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the President and Prime Minister. The key actors of the condemnable act should be aware of the fact that stakeholders in the region and friends of Mali reject any act of coercion of the detained officials, including forced resignations.”

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