A former president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan appears less interested in the on-going underground moves by some people to drag him into the 2023 presidential election, despite growing social media campaigns by those who believe he is the best person to succeed his successor, Muhammadu Buhari.
Rather than respond to their campaigns, Jonathan appears more concerned about his international assignments. During the week, he was in Mali in his capacity as ECOWAS special envoy and mediator to Mali.
While in Mali, Jonathan urged the Malian transitional government to hasten the process of developing an electoral framework and the establishment of the priority actions needed to be taken in order to hold the presidential and legislative elections as scheduled. The Mali election is scheduled for February 2022.
Although the Mission appreciated the renewed expression of the transitional authorities to respect the agreed deadline of the transition before the international community, it however noted in its communique that it was concerned “about the lack of concrete action in the effective preparation of the electoral process.”
The communique said further: “The mission reiterated the necessity of respecting the date announced for the elections in order to ensure the credibility of the process. The mission also encouraged the transitional government to urgently develop a chronogram detailing the reforms and priority actions that need to be undertaken in order to hold the presidential and legislative elections. These actions include consensus on the legal framework for the elections, the establishment of the voters’ register, and the identification of the body or bodies that will conduct the elections.”
The Mission however congratulated the government for the relative calm observed in the country and took note of the lifting of the restriction measures concerning the former President of the Transition, Mr.Bah N’Daw and the former Prime Minister, Mr. Moctar Ouane.