Tension rises in West African sub-region as President Buhari begins actualization of ECOWAS mandate on GAMBIA
PARIS, JANUARY 3, 2016: (DGW) Nigeria's leader and ECOWAS mediator for the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly begun the process of the execution of his task as he discharges his mandate as the Economic Community of West African States, Press Agency has reported.
This is coming on the heels of the just-concluded ECOWAS Summit held at the tail end of last year, on December 17, 2016, to be precise in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.
Press Agency further reports that the direction of the President, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is leading a Mediation Support Team (MST), working with the team of the Co-Mediator, President Mahama.
The committee has begun immediate consultations with leaders in the sub-region as well as with international partners.
On the direction of the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, is leading a Mediation Support Team (MST), working with the team of the Co-Mediator, President Mahama. The committee has begun immediate consultations with leaders in the sub-region as well as with international partners.
The main task of the Mediation Support Team is to undertake the first phase of the preparatory and support work that would lead to a high level meeting of the Mediator (President Buhari) and the stakeholders.
Buhari remains optimistic that a peaceful resolution in line with the laws and constitution of the Gambia is possible before January 19.
However, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh recently said the Economic Community of West African States’s decision to send troops into The Gambia to force him to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, is “a declaration of war”.
ECOWAS had said it would stage a military intervention, led by neighbouring Senegal, if Jammeh failed to step down and set a deadline of January 19, the day of Barrow’s planned inauguration.
*Press Agency contributed to this news report