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Buhari returns to Gambia to prevail on Jammeh

Buhari returns to Gambia to prevail on Jammeh

President Muham­madu Buhari and other West Afri­can leaders rose from a meeting in Aso Rock Monday and resolved to make another peace shuttle to The Gambia tomorrow (Wednes­day) to persuade Presi­dent Yahya Jammeh to peacefully step down on January 19, 2017.
This will be the sec­ond of such meeting by a delegation of the leaders to The Gam-bia, having met with the still recalcitrant Jammeh last month.
Buhari hosted the mini-summit of re­gional leaders in Abuja as the Economic Com-munity of West African States (ECOWAS)-ap­pointed Chief Mediator in the The Gambia.
Those at the three-hour meeting were the Presidents of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sir-leaf; and Senegal, Macky Sall as well as immediate past President of Gha­na, John Mahama, who is the co-Mediator.
This is the latest of series of meeting of the leaders following the dramatic u-turn made by Jammeh not to quit after initially accepting the presidential elec­tion result that was won by his main opponent, Adama Barrow, last month.
At the end of the meeting, Nigeria’s Min­ister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, read out to journalists the resolutions of the leaders who are under pressure to avert an­other conflict and po­litical instability in West Africa.
The leaders expressed worry over the deterio­rating security situation in The Gambia follow­ing Jammeh’s closure of some media houses and arrest of some op­position figures even as refugees have begun fleeing the country.

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