ECOWAS Leaders To Be Hosted By President Buhari In Abuja On Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of the ongoing efforts to ensure a peaceful transition of power in The Gambia, will host a meeting with by West African leaders.
The meeting is aimed at resolving the political crisis that has erupted in the country as incumbent president Yahaya Jammeh has refused to hand over power.
In attendance of the meeting scheduled for Monday in Abuja will be presidents of four other West African nations.
Chief Spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a press release issued on Sunday. He said the meeting would be “aimed at avoiding violence and preserving democracy” in The Gambia.
He stated that the meeting would be “aimed at avoiding violence and preserving democracy” in The Gambia.
President Buhari was selected by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to mediate the negotiations. while immediate past president of Ghana, John Mahama, will serve as co-mediator.
Also, immediate past president of Ghana, John Mahama, will serve as co-mediator.
Garba Shehu also stated that the two statesmen will also be tasked with ensuring that President-elect Adama Barrow is safe.
President Buhari To Host ECOWAS Leaders In Abuja
Also joining Presidents Buhari and Mahama at the meeting on Monday will be Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Others are Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Sierra Leonean Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh.
ECOWAS leaders have urged outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to Mr. Barrow by January 19 when his mandate expires.
However, the Gambian leader has yet to show any signs indicating that he is willing to hand over power.
Meanwhile, the United States has warned its citizens against visiting the Gambia, urging those already in Gambia to exit.
The US statement cited the risk of unrest as President Yahya Jammeh hangs on to power despite losing the election on December 1st.
The statement read:
“The US Department of State warns US citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future.”