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Nigeria calls for immediate release of Mali’s interim president, PM

The Nigerian Government on Tuesday called for the immediate release of Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane.

This was contained in a statement by the ministry of foreign affairs, saying the Nigerian government strongly condemned the military incursion into politics.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria, therefore, calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the President and Prime Minister,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ferdinand Nwoye said in a statement.

“The key actors of the condemnable act should be aware of the fact that stakeholders in the region and friends of Mali reject any act of coercion of the detained officials, including forced resignations.”

Ndaw and Ouane lead an interim government that was installed under the threat of regional sanctions following a putsch in August.

Malian officers upset with a government reshuffle on Monday abducted and detained the president and prime minister at Kati Military Camp, near the capital, Bamako.

The military action has also raised fears of a second coup in the country in under a year.

Nwoye noted that the development might derail the peacebuilding efforts and timetable for the return of democratic governance in Mali.

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