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Jonathan meets Malian leader over insurgency

02 June 2014, 12:20

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday met with the President of Mali, Muhammadou Keita in continuation of consultations to solve the problems of insurgency in Northern Mali and North-Eastern Nigeria.

The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Keita said "I have come to meet my brother on the issue of insecurity, to see what we can do, that is why I am here."

It will be recalled that Jonathan, Keita and other ECOWAS leaders had met on the same issue in Accra, Ghana on Friday.

The President also met with some clerics from Senegal led by Khalifah Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Inyass, the grandson of Late Shehu Tijjani Ibrahim Inyass, the founder of the Tijjaniya sect.

The clerics came on the invitation of Jonathan who is under increasing pressure from within and outside the country over the abducted Chibok school girls, and spate of killings by the Boko Haram sect.

The group of clerics, numbering about 10, met with the President for about an hour, during which they offered prayers for peace and stability in Nigeria.

Also present at the meeting were Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Chief of Staff to the President, Brig- General Jones Arogbofa (rtd), Head of Service, Bukar Goni-Aji and some ministers.

 - NAN

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