Ex-President Jonathan speaks on Villa frequent visit

Abuja—Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, said his visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, will be more frequent in coming days because of the many challenges facing the West African subregion.

According to the Nation newspaper, Jonathan gave the hint while speaking to journalists after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock President.

The former President, who is the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Special Envoy, leading its mediation mission on Mali, was at the Villa to discuss developments on conflicts with President Tinubu.

According to the former President, he will constantly have issues of ECOWAS regional concerns to discuss with President Tinubu, who is currently the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the regional body.

“I’ve been a part of ECOWAS since 2020, as the ECOWAS Mediator in Mali and now that we’re lucky our President has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in fact, I will be coming here almost every week so Nigerians should not be surprised because we have a lot of challenges in the sub-region and those were the things we were discussing.

“We have crisis in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, I’m really handling Mali, but still oversighting others.

“So we came to put our heads together. I’m also the Chair of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise, we hold meetings, and, to have conversations on how to move things forward.

“So since the president just came back from the AU programme in Nairobi and I’m traveling tomorrow, so I’ve decided to come and brief him to know how to move ahead with the ECOWAS challenges”, Dr Jonathan said.

Meanwhile, President Tinubu, also hosted Governors Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara) at the Villa on Tuesday evening.

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