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President Jonathan with interim Head of State of Burkina Faso, Lt. Col Isaac Zida at the Ouagadougou Airport today

President Goodluck Jonathan has arrived in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, for talks aimed at quickening the resolution of the current political crisis in that country.

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Jonathan is joined by Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal and John Mahama of Ghana.

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President Sall & interim Head of State of Burkina Faso, Lt. Col Isaac Zida in Ouagadougou today. #ECOWASmediation

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President Mahama & interim Head of State of Burkina Faso, Lt. Col Isaac Zida in Ouagadougou today. #ECOWASmediation

Mahama is the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government.

The three leaders are members of a delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by ECOWAS to intervene in the crisis in which Blaise Compaore resigned as Burkina Faso President on Friday.

Jonathan, who arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Ouagadougou International Airport at 9.50 a.m. local time was received by the country’s interim Head of State, Lt-Col. Isaac Zida.

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President Jonathan being received by interim Head of State of Burkina Faso, Lt. Col Isaac Zida at the Ouagadougou Airport today.

He is accompanied by Nurudeen Mohammed, the Minister of State II for Foreign Affairs and some principal aides.

Also at the airport to receive Jonathan was the Nigerian Ambassador to Burkina Faso, David Bala, and other officials of the Embassy.

The visiting Heads of State are billed to hold talks with Zida, opposition leaders, members of civil society organisations and other political stakeholders in Burkina Faso.

As at the time of filing this report, Jonathan, Sall and Mahama were holding preliminary discussions behind closed doors at the Libya Hotels, venue of the mediation talks.

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President Mahama, President Sall & President Jonathan in Ouagadougou today for Burkina Faso mediation talks.

They will later meet with other parties involved in the crisis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Compaore resigned and fled to Ivory Coast on Friday following mass protest in Ouagadougou.

The protest was triggered by Compaore’s plan to amend the Constitution of Burkina Faso to pave way for him to contest for the Presidency again in next year’s elections after 27 years in power.

On Saturday, the military seized power and named Zida, who was second in command of the Presidential Guard, as the new interim leader.

Although the military said a civilian-led transitional government would be established as soon as possible, opposition leaders were demanding immediate establishment of civilian transition government.

Meanwhile, normalcy had returned to Ouagadougou, as most businesses were open on Wednesday, although a 12 midnight to 5 a.m curfew was still in force in the city.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

17 Comments

  1. Bleed Blue

    November 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I have so many opinions about this…but Imma keep it moving because Momma said not to insult my elders.

  2. Daverytimes

    November 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Why is Johnathan going to Burkina Faso for crisis talks when he should be going to the North, Boko Haram is occupying the SECOND LARGEST city in a state in the Federal republic and we are going to Burkina Faso for crisis talks?. Is the division in Nigeria so deep rooted that we don’t care what is happening in the North? it really does feel like we are treating Northeast as an entirely different country. I guess attitude will change when Boko Haram strolls through Abuja, then maybe they will take the issue seriously. Though i have my doubts, considering Boko Haram have gone from suicide bombings to outright taking over cities without any response from the Government.

    • F

      November 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Lol at going to the North. Do you really think that’s the solution? Disastrous thinking

    • F

      November 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      It’s a small world. Everything is intertwined. Like how the arms post-Libya/anti-Gadaffi revolution landed in the wrong hands (think ISIS, Boko Hram and all the other demons going to rot in hell forever)

  3. Marie Antoinette

    November 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    President GEJ, Onye ulo ya n’agba oku oburu nma n’achu oke. What about the crisis in OUR country???

  4. Fountain of Paper

    November 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    There’s a Yoruba adage that says ‘Ti’na ba’n jo eni, t’on jo omo eni… t’ara eni leyaan ko gbo’. Loosely translated to when fire dey burn person, and e dey burn person pikin, na person own self person go first try quench’.

    Someone please tell GEJ that Northern Nigeria is burning.

  5. omobabola

    November 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Abeg oga Jona, ur roof is on fire,, tackle ur own problems first….wise up na

  6. ConcernedCitizen

    November 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Oga jona……. You nack suit dey cross leg, feeling fly, You dress like Obama, you think sey na by suit ? Boko dey declare owing part of you land, you dey carry nose go burkina faso. Na der you papa come from abi

  7. aba

    November 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    He looks different without his usual hat…

  8. ezegeo

    November 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    No country at easy! Nigerians lets talking just because they have the so-called freedom of speech. Go to Gambia and say a word about their president or their government. and see if you will not be sent to jail.. I feel sorry for some of us who have not been opportune to travel out. If you are a wise traveler you don’t talk anyhow,you don’t react to every issue not to talk of insulting your leaders every now and then.

    • Idomagirl

      November 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Abeg make we hear word…

    • Iris

      November 6, 2014 at 3:44 am

      And you do not know the meaning of democracy so you clearly belong in a country where YOU have no freedom of speech. Please go there. Bye! Bye! Bye!

  9. leeleo

    November 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    U neva baff well for years, u wan go baff someone else? lol. Wahala dey!

  10. NNENNE

    November 6, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I thought Nigerian military is at war with Boko Haram. What exactly do we expect GEJ to do. …Carry a gun and go after BH?
    Everyone has a role to play.
    Let the military do their job. The defense minister can watch over things while he’s at a neighboring state. The locals can also help with information gathering.
    Hope ECOWAS will come to our rescue too.

  11. omoibo

    November 6, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Talk about misplaced priorities, your own house is on fire & you’re busy trying to put out the fire in someone else’s house.

  12. Just an opinion

    November 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

    @ ezegeo its a huge shame that u feel that way even in 2014. The leaders are our servants and not our lords or dictators so we have a right to critique them so they rule by truth and not by the deceit of sycophancy. I agree that we should respect our leaders ofcourse but respect is mutual and earned……some parents are crying daily for their children being ruthlessly abused and dehumanized and you’re talking this crap?.??? These are mere words of opinion……there are people whose lives alone are an insult to their very existence because of bad leadership. Please wake up and don’t be making such backward comments here…..afterall, these so called leaders are flesh and blood like u and I aren’t they?

  13. Tiapan!

    November 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Terrorism is a collective effort not for the president alone, we need to come together as one to fight terror, now the presidential seat is occupied by a southerner they don’t see us as one again, his government have been sabotaged with boko harram, my brothers and sisters it is difficult to fight a faceless group who act like ghost, they hit and run that’s y it should be a collective effort, when the chibok girls were abducted, France, Britain sent troops and the almighty US marine came but to no avail, y don’t you people pause and think and ask your selves that these heavy weights could not assist in rescuing our chibok girls, as for me i smell sabotage.. so you guys should allow the president perform his external duties to Africa as Nigeria is a heavy weight.

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