Eleven West African heads of state – out of 15 member countries participated in the 50th summit, opened by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Head of State of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current President of ECOWAS, wished the organization to recommend measures that could lead to a speedy resolution of the Gambian crisis.
It is now important that ECOWAS, at this summit, consider measures to be recommended to solve this problem successfully before January 19, the constitutional date on which the President’s five-year term ends, said Sirleaf in her speech Saturday.
The United Nations remains concerned about some disturbing developments in the post-election period in The Gambia, including the takeover of the Independent Electoral Commission premises by the Gambian Army, said the UN representative of the Gambia in West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, in a statement before the summit.
The Extraordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State, meeting in Abuja, concluded last Saturday evening. Its objective was to get the Gambia out of the political stalemate in which it has been since the presidential election in early December. The leaders of West Africa have announced a series of measures in favour of President-elect Adama Barrow.
For ECOWAS, the president-elect is Adama Barrow. The first measure is therefore to maintain the result of the ballot boxes. And it must return to the ECOWAS to ensure the safety of Adama Barrow, without further details.
On 19 January, all the presidents of ECOWAS member countries are invited to attend Adama Barrow’s taking oath and investiture ceremony in Banjul, The Gambia.
In Abuja, the eleven heads of state finally raised the tone. For Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso, “Yahya Jammeh must cede power to the newly elected president. He must leave. ”
According to the final communiqué, “all necessary measures must be taken to respect the verdict of the ballot box in The Gambia”, softening the speech by saying that ECOWAS is for a peaceful transmission of power in Banjul.
In order to bring Jammeh to agree packing up, he must be given guarantees. “Most of the heads of state insisted that Yahya Jammeh must be secured or secured after his handover,” said Barry.
The Nigerian president has been appointed mediator in the Gambian crisis.
Support for the Gambia in Senegal.
On Saturday, some 200 politicians, human rights defenders and representatives of the Gambian diaspora gathered in Senegal’s capital Dakar to demand a peaceful political transition in The Gambia.
About 200 human rights activists and Gambians in exile gathered on Saturday at Obelisk Square in Dakar. A demonstration organized by Amnesty International Senegal, Article 19, which defends the right to freedom of expression and the RADDHO, the African Meeting for the Defense of Human Rights.
Fatou Jagne Senhgor, West Africa Director of Article 19, explained why the mobilization must continue.
‟This is to send a message of support to the poor Gambians who have already made their choice; To send a strong signal to the Gambian people who are not alone, but also to the heads of state to say that we are all mobilized in West Africa, because I think what happened in the Gambia is Historic despite all the blockage, despite all these repressions. The people have found their voice, for us it is the most important″, said Fatou Jagne Senhgor.
Mamadou Dian Donghol Diallo