Vice President Yemi Osinbajo departs Abuja on Thursday morning for Accra, Ghana, to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at an Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government deliberating on the political situation in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Guinea.
This was contained in a statement titled ‘President delegates Osinbajo to ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on political situation in Burkina Faso, Mali & Guinea,’ and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
The meeting is coming as part of the resolutions reached last week’s virtual meeting chaired by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Akande said, “Thursday’s meeting will review the report of the ECOWAS delegation dispatched to Ouagadougou to meet with the military junta who recently seized power in Burkina Faso.
“The summit will be attended by regional leaders who will consider imposing additional sanctions after the country was suspended from the regional body last week.
“The Vice President will be accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, Presidential Special Adviser on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, and other top Nigerian diplomats. The VP is expected back in Abuja later today.”
Last Monday, soldiers forced the removal of democratically elected President Roch March Kabore from office in a military coup. The military takeover of government in Burkina Faso follows the same occurrence in Mali and Guinea recently.
The President has been delegating the Vice President to represent Nigeria at a series of ECOWAS leaders’ summits on the issues of undemocratic, military takeover of governments in the region.