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Thursday, 12 January 2017

House Wants Buhari To Offer Gambia’s Jammeh Asylum

The House of Representatives is urging President Muhammadu Buhari to provide an offer of asylum in Nigeria, to President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia.

The lawmakers say the offer will boost mediation into the current presidential conundrum threatening to cause unrest in the coastal committee.

The development is ahead of the ECOWAS mediation meeting expected to hold on Wednesday with President Buhari as the chief mediator.

The House adopted a motion seeking to offer a safe haven to President Jammeh as part of Nigeria’s mediation initiative for the Gambia.

In Banjul, President Buhari is scheduled to meet with President Jammeh and the President-elect Adama Barrow to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country.

The President will be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the co-mediator of The Gambian mission.

President Jammeh is refusing to step aside after losing an election.

Jammeh initially accepted his loss in the December 1 election, shocking Gambians who have lived through his rule since he took power in a 1994 coup, and triggering celebrations in the streets.

He has contested the results in a move condemned at home and abroad.