UN, Nigeria request release of detained Mali’s president, prime minister
The government of Nigeria has condemned the detention of Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.
The country’s military, Monday night, detained the duo and Defence Minister Souleymane Doucouré. They were taken to the Kati military Camp near the capital, Bamako.
This action is coming months after the coup that ousted ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) led the overthrow.
Recall that Ndaw was Mali’s former Defence Minister; Ouane was formerly a Foreign Minister.
In a statement on Tuesday, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwoye, condemned the detention of the key officials in the transitional government.
Nwoye said the action might derail the peacebuilding efforts and timetable for the return of democratic governance in Mali.
Nigeria demanded the unconditional release of the detained President and Prime Minister.
“The key actors and perpetrators 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,” the statement added.
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has demanded that the leaders be freed immediately.