Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja demanded for an acceptable timetable from the military junta in Mali for a return to democracy, warning that the country could not afford to stand alone in the sub-region.

In a statement signed by Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, the President recalled the briefings by ECOWAS’ Special Envoy, former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying it showed that the regional body’s engagements with the new military leadership in Mali were yet to achieve the desired results in several key areas.

He however expressed happiness over the junta’s release from detention of the ousted President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and welcomed the preparedness of the military rulers to free other detainees.

“With regards to other areas being negotiated, Nigeria believes that the people of Mali and the military leaders need to appreciate the fragility of their country and the imminent danger which it poses to the citizens of Mali, as well as the ECOWAS sub-region,” the president said.

It would be recalled that ECOWAS leaders had earlier restated their resolutions, demanding for the composition of a transition government in the country that would be led by civilians, as well as the return of the country to constitutional government within the next 12 months.

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