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ECOWAS Sends Buhari, Others To Oust B’Faso Coupists

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 12:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sent a delegation to the crisis rocking Burkina Faso to negotiate with the military junta and restor peace to the country.

The delegation, comprising President Mohmmadu Buhari of Nigeria and his counterparts from Togo, Ghana, Benin and Senegal, was mandated to leave for Burkina Faso on Tuesday.

This was the outcome of the extraordinary meeting of the Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS held at the instance of Buhari at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

At the end of the eight-hour meeting, President of ECOWAS Commission, Ouedraogo Desire, summarised the resolutions in a communiqué he read out to journalists.

He disclosed that the West African leaders resolved to lift the sanctions imposed on Burkina Faso since the military coup and that ECOWAS called for cease fire among the forces, just as military and humanitarian observers would be sent during the elections to forestall loss of lives.

According to him, ECOWAS leaders “decided to dispatch tomorrow a delegation of Head of State to go to Ougadadugo, to reinstall Michael Karfando, in his function as president of the transition and Burkina Faso.

“They have decided that the chairman of the authority in liason with the federal republic of Nigeria will initiate a political dialogue among all stakeholders with a view to finding concessional solutions to the items contained in the peace accord proposal presented by president Mackey Sall and president Boni Yayi”. 

“They called on the presidential guards to disarm and demanded the other unit of the army not to use force to avoid loss of human lives.

“They have also called on all the stakeholders to exercise patience and refrain from anything that can derail the national consensus.

“Finally, they have requested the AU and the international community in the view of the fact they have proposed the reinstallment of the transitional to lift  the sanctions imposed on Burkina Faso or not to impose sanctions because we have come back to normal transitional position.

“So, we have decided also to send the military and humanitarian observers to Burkina Faso in liaison with AU and UN to monitor respect for human rights,”? he added.