President Muhammadu Buhari will today host an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the main item on the agenda of the summit is the current political situation in Burkina Faso.
President Buhari had last week condemned the coup in the country that led to the detention of the Interim President, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the transitional government.
President Buhari said he was aligning with ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in rejecting the contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under the leadership of General Gilbert Diendere.
“President Buhari and Nigeria urge the Defence and Security Forces of Burkina Faso to keep faith with the agreed transitional programme for the return of the country to full democratic rule after elections, which were due to be held in the country on October 11, in support of which Nigeria has donated 20 pick-up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso.
While welcoming the news that the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando has now been freed, President Buhari and Nigeria also demand the immediate release of Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other detained ministers,” a statement issued last week by the Presidency read.

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