Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) has bagged a Special Envoy appointment with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Jonathan has been appointed to lead the regional body’s mediation mission in Mali.
The former President’s appointment was contained in a letter by the President of ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.
“Given your position as the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the great role and contributions your tenure offered to the maintenance of peace, security and stability in our region, I have the honour, in consultation with the Chair of the Authority, H.E. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of the Republic of Niger, to communicate to you, the decision to appoint you as ECOWAS Special Envoy for the sociopolitical crisis in Mali,”the letter said.
Jonathan is expected to lead the charge in the restoration of peace to Mali. He is to facilitate dialogue with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition leaders, members of civil societies, political groups and others in ECOWAS’ efforts to bring stability back to the country.
Jonathan is seen as an ambassador of peace in many African countries and has led many missions to restore tranquility in different countries. He is expected to broker peace in Mali after many protests came on the back of the current government’a handling of jihadist insurgency in the country.
He thanked the Nigerian government and President Muhammadu Buhari for providing an aircraft and other logistics to carry him to Bamako, the Malian capital.