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Gambia crisis: Explore all possible means to avert war, ex-envoy tells ECOWAS

Gambia crisis: Explore all possible means to avert war, ex-envoy tells ECOWAS

A former Nigerian Ambassador, Humphrey Orjiako has urged Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari and his team appointed to mediate in the Gambia electoral brouhaha, to explore all possible means to solve the problem so as to avert war in the country.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has earlier said he is ready to defend his coun­try against any aggression after refused to concede victory.
Orjiako said the team should do eve­rything possible to avoid anything that could destabilise the continent as a result of the crisis.
“The Authority of ECOWAS should ne­gotiate for a peaceful transition of power in the Gambia. What they must avoid is an­ything that can escalate the crisis. It is in nobody’s interest to start sending ECOW­AS troops and forces that may not bring a desired result except to escalate the prob­lem. They should explore all avenues be­fore applying anything like force,” he said.
He lamented that the situation has be­come a phenomenon in African politics, adding it is a bad omen for the continent.
“You know, this problem with African leaders is becoming worrisome and to­tally unfortunate. It is not serving Africa well. I think the President of Nigeria and his counterparts need to manage the situ­ation well as this is a new democratic era. The first decision to concede election was a correct one. If Jammeh refuses to con­cede, he should understand that Gambia is a signatory to all ECOWAS protocol con­cerning this matter,” he added.

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