Just some days after the death and burial of Lt General Attahiru Ibrahim, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, who died in a plane crash alongside 10 top officials on Friday 21st May 2021, the Republic of Mali, Nigeria’s sister country, nears the verge of yet another coup.
In reports delivered by BBC Africa, the interim President Ndaw and Mr. Ouane, have been detained by soldiers after they were spotted driven to the Kati military camp near the capital, Bamako, thereby raising fears of a second coup within a year in the country.
Let it be recalled that Mali had witnessed a coup on August 18th, 2020, which saw the out sting of the then president Ibrahim Keita.
Amidst the tension, ” the United Nations mission in Mali intruded, as it demanded an immediate release of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.
Further reports say the Malian Defence Minister, Souleymane Doucouré, has also been detained.
According to BBC News which cited a news agency in Mali, Mr. Ouane made a frantic phone call reporting that soldiers ” came to get him” on Monday evening before the line was then cut.
Amidst this, the African Union, the EU, the Economic Community of the West African States, and the US condemned the arrests as they called for the release of the top politicians.
Consequently, Mali now looks unstable barely a few months after a military coup that saw President Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta removed from office.
Further reports emerging say the detentions of the Malian president and others came few hours after two senior army officers who took part in last year’s coup were replaced by the president.
Reactions have trailed the ill-famed story.
A Nigerian Twitter @talktoabiola said, ” God, I see what you’re doing in Mali. Don’t forget Nigeria. . @jesus, help us beg ur daddy. “
@Karlmarx 55 said, ” And Buhari dey Aso Rock dey do a photoshoot every passing day? No more men with balls of brass left in our once darling military. “
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@epic lawyer said, ” We Africans of goodwill urge Mali, Military to cause fear and deny peace to all corrupt government officials installed through French interference. Let France find it hard to loot Africa. “
@Heibuteithi said, ” Mali Military is becoming a Nuisance. . . why can’t they just fix Mali’s Public Institutions and go back to the Barracks. . . they grabbed Power and they don’t seem to have enough of it. “
@Realberthjames said, ” It’s really sad that we wake up to such news on this #AfricaDay African leaders must do more to bring to an end the leadership in parts of the continent. Africa’s s single biggest problem is bad governance and mismanagement of politics. “
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