ECOWAS Gives Jammeh Friday 12noon to Leave Gambia
By Dipo Olowookere
Gambian dictator, Mr Yahya Jammeh, has been given till noon of Friday, January 20, 2017 to step aside or risk being disgraced out of office.
Former opposition leader, Mr Adama Barrow was sworn-in as President on Thursday at Gambia’s embassy in Senegal at a ceremony conducted by Gambia’s bar association president.
Shortly after Mr Barrow was sworn in, ECOWAS troops drawn from Senegal, Mali Ghana, Togo and Nigeria advanced into Gambia in an operation tagged ‘Operation Restore Democracy,’ but were called back later on Thursday because of the new deadline extension.
Addressing newsmen on the matter in Dakar, Senegal, head of ECOWAS commission, Mr Marcel de Souza, noted that the West African bloc was still considering resolving the issues without the bullets.
He said another delegation would be sent to Mr Jammeh on Friday to persuade him to leave honourably, but emphasised that if he remains adamant like he had done in the past, the 7,000 troops would be ordered to proceed on their action.
Mr de Souza said an ECOWAS team led by Guinea’s President, Mr Alpha Conde, will be in Banjul today to talk to Mr Jammeh. Also in the team are Liberia and Mauritania Presidents.
It is believed that if he agrees this time, Mr Jammeh will first travel to Guinea before choosing a country of exile.