Nigeria: Presidency confirms hosting of ECOWAS Summit on Burkina Faso

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government confirmed on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday host an Extraordinary Summit of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS on the crisis in Burkina Faso.

PANA had exclusively reported on Sunday the plan to hold the one-day summit in Nigeria's inland capital city of Abuja.

''President Muhammadu Buhari will host an Extraordinary Summit of the  Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, in Abuja,'' a presidency statement made available to PANA here Monday said.

''The main item on the agenda of the summit is the current political situation in Burkina Faso,'' it added.

PANA reported that the ECOWAS leaders will consider the 13-point deal hammered out by the organization's mediators, President Macky Sall of Senegal, who is also the current ECOWAS Chair, and President Boni Yayi of Benin.

Under the deal, the ousted transitional government will be reinstated and led by interim President Michel Kafando, so it can continue with the political transition programme. However, instead of the 11 Oct. 2015 date fixed for general elections, a new date of 22 Nov. 2015 has been proposed.

Significantly, the reinstated government will not include the military, indicating that Prime Minister Isaac Zida, seen as a Diendere arch foe, may have been tactically removed from the transition administration.

The role of the military in the new dispensation will be limited to ensuring the protection of lives and property and ensuring an end to all human rights abuses.

Also, as part of the deal, all those who have been implicated in the coup of 17 Sept would be granted amnesty, the allies of former President Blaise Compaore, earlier banned from participating in the elections, would be allowed to join while the Mediators will be fully involved in the implementation of the agreement.

The coup has attracted global condemnations, while Burkina Faso's former colonial master France has been talking tough on the need for the agreement to be strictly adhered to.
-0- PANA SEG 21Sept2015

21 september 2015 16:32:07




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