Media Reports have sstated that the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari will be setting out on a journey to Gambia to help resolve the political impasse in the West African country.
Sahara Reporters stated that the Nigerian leader will not be the only leader on this ‘journey to make peace’, as he is to join his Liberian counterpart, Ellen Sirleaf, in making persuasive efforts towards convincing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to concede defeat.
Mr. Buhari is expected to help persuade Mr. Jammeh to leave office and would also meet with Mr. Barrow to try to seek a soft landing for the outgoing dictator.
Garba Shehu, presidential aide to buhari, told Premium Times on Monday evening that, “there is diplomacy going on.”
Mr. Shehu said there would be an official briefing to reporters on the matter.
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Mr. Jammeh, who initially conceded defeat to opposition candidate Adama Barrow, later reneged; saying he would order a fresh election.
Observers and international organisations like ECOWAS, the UN and the U.S. have all asked Mr. Jammeh to respect the wish of Gambians and relinquish power after 22 years in office.
Jammeh is yet to yield positively to the advice.
Written by Okolo Ezinne