West African Leaders to Visit Gambia President Again Amid Crisis

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, waves after a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, Jan. 9, 2017. Officials say Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will lead three West African heads of state to Gambia on Wednesday in an effort to persuade its longtime leader t

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, waves after a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, Jan. 9, 2017. Officials say Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will lead three West African heads of state to Gambia on Wednesday in an effort to persuade its longtime leader

The presidents of Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia will visit Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday in a second attempt to press him to hand over power, Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday.

Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, lost a Dec. 1 election to businessman Adama Barrow, but the authoritarian leader has contested the results in a move condemned at home and abroad.

An ECOWAS delegation led by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Gambia in December but failed to persuade Jammeh to step down. The West African bloc has since said it would take all necessary steps to uphold the result of the election and had put troops on standby.

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Jammeh called the move “a declaration of war.”

“They resolved that three presidents will visit Jammeh on Wednesday to press him again to hand over [power]. They are the presidents of Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Onyeama said after a one-day ECOWAS summit in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The former president of Ghana, John Mahama, would also attend along with representatives of the United Nations and African Union.

The crisis in Gambia needed to be resolved “step by step” in line with the country’s constitution, Onyeama said, adding that ECOWAS was concerned about the closure of radio stations by authorities and arrests since the vote.

Gambian authorities shut a fourth popular radio station late on Sunday, staff said on Monday, further strangling opposition voices amid a post-election clampdown.

Jammeh initially conceded defeat in the poll, which was seen as a triumph for democracy in the country of 1.8 million. But a week later he filed a petition with the Supreme Court due to irregularities in the vote count, drawing condemnation from local opponents and foreign powers.

It is not clear how the case will be heard before Jan. 18, when Jammeh’s mandate will run out. Judges from Nigeria and Sierra Leone who were expected to preside over the case did not arrive in court on Monday as expected.

Adama Barrow has said his inauguration will go ahead regardless of the Supreme Court case.

  1. njie

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  2. anonymous

    Traitors behave just like how Sheriff Bojang and others do.

    Yahya expect that many of their tribesmen will abandon you, but remain steadfast and reaffirm your position “backward never forward ever. God is ever powerful and Inshallah they will all regret their acts. As the wollof saying goes “Sosseh du sosal ken” they are devillish and only want to see your downfall but they will never live to see that. Note that with their treacherous plans in their defections none will ever survive to see your downfall. It is now clear to you that with all what they were saying in niceties and praise singing they were undermining you just to see your downfall but God the all knowing and everpowerful is and will continue to.protect you from their evil machination. INSHALLAH.

    LONGLIVE YAHYA A.J.J. JAMMEH
    LONGLIVE THE GAMBIA

  3. Anonym

    Just be reminded that it is that power of GOD you are talking about that he is challenging. Lets see how would he go. The cracks are widening by the minute.

  4. Anonymous

    Tie a strongrope Around his hand so he can’t let go

  5. APRC-1

    He who feels it knows it. This is exactly what you fools are going through and you think your misery is coming to an end, not so soon, carry on until you come back to your senses.No one is sorry for you.

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