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.