‘Two thirds of Mali occupied by terrorists’
By John Eche
About two thirds of the landmass of Mali is currently being occupied by terrorists, a statement from the office of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated.
The statement, which was signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, outlined that it is the personal preference of the Nigerian leader that rather than concern themselves with issues of politics and governance, the Malian military should be fully engaged in fighting the terrorists and securing the territorial integrity of that Sahelian West African nation.
The statement, which was coming after Buhari had received an update brief from ECOWAS envoy to Mail, former President Goodluck Jonathan, also outlined that the next steps in the resolution of the Mali crisis would now be determined by ECOWAS Chairman, President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana.
Terrorism and insurgency are indeed grave challenge across the sub-region with almost half of the nations in the area being affected. While some of the terrorism is being perpetuated by Boko Haram, other insurgent activities are being carried out by groups like ISWAP.
Col Assimi Goita, Vice President of Mali