The mediating team of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, on the Gambian crisis has resolved to send another delegation to Gambia within 48 hours, to again prevail on President Yaya Jammeh to hand over power peacefully, to the winner of the Presidential election, Adama Barrow.
This was part of decisions reached at Monday’s meeting of the team, hosted by the Chief Mediator, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Those who attended the meeting were, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President of Senegal Macky Sall, the immediate past President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama as well as the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Marcel Alain de Souza, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General who heads the UN office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambers.
Briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting which lasted over three hours, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the meeting resolved to respect the constitution of the Gambia at every stage of its mediating role, as it remained determined to settle the matter amicably.
They deliberated on the current state of affairs in the Gambia and shared views on the way forward. They agreed on their determination to resolve the Gambian political crisis in a manner that at every step of the way conforms to constitution of that country and respects the will of the people of the Gambia, he said.
Mr Onyeama said the mediating team expressed deep concern on issues bordering on security in Gambia, particularly the closure of some radio stations in the country.
They expressed particular concern at the deteriorating situation that has been reported in respect of security in the Gambia, in particular the closure of some of the radio stations and media houses, arrests that had been taking place and also the refugee situation is being created with the mass exodus of a large number of people to neighbouring countries, the Minister explained.
Visit to Jammeh
He said the mediating team therefore decided to despatch another delegation to Gambia on Wednesday January 11, to further persuade Mr Yahya Jammeh to respect the decision of his people and hand over power peacefully.
He said the delegation would comprise of the Chief Mediator, President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who is the current ECOWAS Chairman, President of Sierra-Leone , Earnest Koroma and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama as well as the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Marcel Alain de Souza, the Special Representative of the UN and that of the African Union.
Monday’s meeting in Abuja was a follow up to an earlier one held in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, all geared towards finding a peaceful resolution of the political logjam in Gambia.
Source: Voice of Nigeria