Mali: ECOWAS Speaker Flays Prime Minister’s Forced Resignation

The Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Senator Ike Ekweremadu has condemned in strong terms, the forced resignation of the Prime Minister of Mali, Cheik Moddibbo Diara by Mali military.

The Speaker who described the Prime Minister’s resignation as shocking said such effrontery by the military negated the efforts and sacrifices being made by the ECOWAS to restore peace, order and security in the West African country.

“This development is not only a recipe for worsening the travails of democracy and security in Mali, but a stain on the joys of the successes recorded in the Sierra Leone and Ghana general elections”, he said.

Senator Ekweremadu who is also the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate called on all parties in the Mali impasse, especially the military, to be cautious and restrain from worsening the Mali crisis.

“The political situations in Mali and the terrorist insurgency in the North of the country are already worrisome developments that hold grave implications for the entire sub-region and this latest event makes the deployment of an African-led International Force in Mali very proper and urgent” the Speaker emphasised.

The Speaker was speaking through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu.