Emerging reports from Gambia allege that the nation’s president, Yahya Jammeh, plans to flee the country. This is coming just shortly after he declared a state of emergency.
Not too long ago, a photo surfaced online showing Gambia’s presidential jet ready for escape on the runway.
A Twitter user @mamasarr posted the picture of the presidential jet with the caption: “#Gambia: An order has been give to clear the airport of all other security officers, including NIA officers; Jammeh’s wife and kids fleeing”.
On Tuesday, January 17, President Jammeh declared a 90-day national state of emergency barely 24 hours to the end of his tenure. The declaration came hours after the nation’s ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment, resigned from Jammeh’s government.
Yahya Jammeh, while addressing the people of Gambia on a national television, explained that the 90-day measure was necessary because of “the unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign interference” in the December 1 presidential vote, which he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow.
Meanwhile, following the political turmoil and the imminent war waiting to happen in Gambia, a Gambian journalist released a rather touching video warning Nigeria not to do what they will forever regrets regarding the recent unrest in the country.
The female journalist also warned Nigeria not to heed to Jammeh’s call for Nigerian justices to come to the Gambia to hear his own side of the election story.
She further spoke on behalf of the entire Gambians saying they were tired of Jammeh after he had ruled them for 27 years, adding that it’s high time he left. According to the lady, there are many human abuse and other crimes going on in the country that outsiders are not even privy to.
Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria is to send Nigerian soldiers to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) troops in Senegal, ahead of the Thursday, January 19 deadline given to President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia to step down.
A top military source in the Nigerian Air force, reports that the air force, the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Army would all contribute troops for the operation.