Human Rights

NIGERIAN SENATE’S DEPUTY SPEAKER WARNS GAMBIA AGAINST MILITARY ACTION

The Deputy President of Nigeria’s Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has warned against military action in Gambia following that country’s presidential election, saying such action may threaten the security of the entire West Africa sub-region.

The warning was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, here Tuesday. The deputy speaker said military action could plunge Gambia into blood-letting and threaten the peace of the sub-region.

The political crisis in Gambia broke out after President Yahya Jammeh lost to Adama Barrow in the Dec 1, 2016 presidential election but insisted that he would not handover power on Jan 18 when Barrow is scheduled to be sworn in.

Ekweremadu then urged Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow

Gambia’s laws to prevail as a sovereign nation.

Ekweremadu, a former Speaker of the Ecowas Parliament, also called for sanctions in line with the traditions and relevant protocols of Ecowas in the event that dialogue and judicial options fail.

Meanwhile, reports from Banjul say Gambian Electoral Commission Chairman Alieu Momar Njai has fled the country because he received threats after declaring President Yahya Jammeh the loser of the Dec 1 election.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK