President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) for their efforts towards restoring constitutional order and democracy in Burkina Faso.

The President gave the commendation while addressing an extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“The efforts so far deployed towards the restoration of constitutional order and democracy by ECOWAS, the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and our international development partners is commendable,” he said.

“The commitment of the transitional administration of Michael Kafando to the implementation of the programme mandate of the transitional charter has equally been commended by the international community.”

Buhari noted that the extraordinary meeting offered an opportunity to review the developments towards resolving the political impasse in Burkina Faso following a military coup in the country on Thursday.

In his remarks, the President of Senegal and Chairman of ECOWAS, Mr Macky Sall, expressed the hope that the intervention of the sub-regional bloc would soon restore political stability to Burkina Faso.

Sall recommended postponing the general elections in Burkina Faso to November 21 from the earlier scheduled date of October 11 to ensure successful conduct of the exercise.

The meeting was attended by presidents and heads of government from Benin, Cote d’Voire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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