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TRIO OF AFRICAN PRESIDENTS TO PRESSURE GAMBIA’S YAHYA JAMMEH TO TRANSFER POWER

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, together with his Liberian and Ghanian counterparts — Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and John Mahama — will visit Banjul Tuesday to exert diplomatic pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

This was disclosed at a media briefing at the United Nations here Monday after the UN Security Council held a closed-door meeting to discuss the political situation in The Gambia.

Juan Manuel De Linares, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN, said the 15-member council stood by their unanimous statement on Dec 10 that Jammeh should commence the peaceful transfer of power to Barrow without further delay.

“A delegation by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to ECOWAS (Mohammed Ibn Chambas) and other ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and AU (African Union) leaders will lead a high-level delegation to Banjul tomorrow (Tuesday), he added.

“The delegation will include the Presidents of Nigeria (Buhari), Liberia (Johnson-Sirleaf), Ghana (Mahama) — respected presidents in West Africa and Africa.”

He, however, said that the council did not discuss any measure that would be taken should Jammeh refuse the entreaties. “Our priority is to support the high-level visit tomorrow and ensure the mission succeeds,” he said.

He urged all parties in The Gambia to reject any form of violence and ensure peaceful transition of power in the West African country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK