ECOWAS to take all necessary actions in Gambia – Chambas

Yahya Jammeh

UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) says ECOWAS has decided to take all necessary actions to enforce the results of the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election in The Gambia.

Mohamed Chambas, Head of UNOWAS, disclosed this while briefing the UN Security Council on the political and security situation in the region.

Mr. Chambas is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

Mr. Chambas pointed out that there was progress in West Africa and the Sahel, but warned of the region’s political challenges, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said at the briefing.

The UN envoy cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status as a model in the region and beyond.

Referring to the presidential elections in the Gambia, and the ensuing crisis, Mr. Chambas said: “However, some countries in the region had witnessed political uncertainty or significant security challenges.’’

“We were saddened by the quickly unfolding political crisis resulting from President Jammeh changing his mind and deciding to reject the results,’’ he said.

He further updated the 15-member council on the initiatives to resolve the situation there taken by ECOWAS that agreed to uphold the elections results and decided to take all necessary actions to enforce the results.

“UNOWAS is fully involved in supporting the ECOWAS-led mediation, which continues to explore all avenues towards a peaceful transfer of power,” the UN envoy added.

The Secretary-General’s West Africa and Sahel envoy also informed council members of elections in Cape Verde and Ghana as well as in Guinea, where polls anticipated to be held in February had been postponed.

In his briefing, Mr. Chambas also spoke of the continuing security and humanitarian challenges in Nigeria due to frequent attacks perpetrated by the Boko Haram militant group.

He appealed for more funding and support for relief programmes in the country.

He further updated the council on UNOWAS’ close collaboration with other UN missions in the region and in the context of the drawdown of the UN missions in Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia.

He added that it worked on issues related to regional stabilisation, technical support and in the implementation of its Resolution 2282 (2016) and the General Assembly Resolution on Sustaining Peace. (NAN)


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  • Otile

    We hope Yoruba judges and bad people wouldn’t subvert justice and retain Jammeh in The Gambia. Nobody has been able to rescue us from the grips of General Mohamed Buhari Yoruba people imposed on us.

    • Repost by Popular Demand

      Jammeh rejects BUHARI’s mediation

      PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH has today rebuffed President Buhari’s mediation and vowed to stay put
      as President of The Gambia until the Supreme Court hears his election petition later in May and
      declares otherwise. President Jammeh’s lawyers had filed an application at the Supreme court
      of The Gambia yesterday, asking that an injunction be issued to stop swearing-in ceremony
      of anyone as the duly elected president on the 19th of this month, as previously scheduled.
      President Yahya Jammeh has thus rejected any suggestion of taking up asylum in Nigeria.

      Reports say
      Nigerians are being laughed off in several diplomatic circles Africa as
      ignorant people usually led by a slew of ignoramuses self-described as
      “statesmen”. The current crisis in The Gambia is being openly ascribed to
      the ignorant leadership of OLUSEGUN OBASANJO of Nigeria who’d set terrible
      precedent of offering asylum under international law (which provisions
      Obasanjo himself does not even understand
      ) to ex-President of Liberia,
      Charles Taylor, only for Olusegun Obasanjo to later set Charles Taylor up for
      arrest and extradition to the International Criminal Court. That was the lowest
      point of disgrace for Nigeria in the history of international affairs.

      • Repost by Popular Demand

        (2)……Jammeh rejects BUHARI’s mediation

        General Olusegun Obasanjo, as President of Nigeria, totally messed up the
        meaning of diplomacy by putting the asylee (Charles Taylor) in a security car
        in Calabar, Cross Rivers state; drove him a distance of 1,286 kilometers by road
        to the borders of Nigeria in the town of Gamboru-Ngala in far north-east state of
        Borno, and told him to escape from there on foot, only for the same Nigerian
        officials to suddenly turn round and arrested Charles Taylor on false charges
        of his “trying to escape”.

        The Nigerian security officials put Charles Taylor under close arrest; virtually
        shackled him and flew him like a prisoner to the International Criminal Court
        via Liberia. That was the moment Nigeria fell into disgrace in international
        circles as a result of Olusegun Obasanjo’s ignorant misrule. For fear of
        another country following Olusegun Obasanjo’s illiterate understanding of
        diplomacy
        , President Yahaya Jameh of The Gambia refused any offer of
        asylum, especially from Nigeria, following Olusegun Obasanjo’s crass,
        uninformed, uneducated and village-level understanding of diplomacy.

      • Otile

        Two wrong don’t make a right. The matter of the moment is the lives of the Gambian people at stake due to pigheadedness of Jammeh the coup plotter. Africa has no use for these coup plotting imbeciles.

        • straight-to-the-point

          No, no, no! Let’s not set bad example. A petition before Supreme Court of The Gambia
          is not a threat to world peace. Democracy does not involve armoured tanks in settling
          an election petition. The position of Nigeria on this matter has no obvious merits.

    • Wolexit 2017

      ECOWAS HAS NOT TOLD US A SECTION OF GAMBIA CONSTITUTION THAT JAMMEH VIOLATED.

      WHICH SECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION HAS PRESIDENT JAMMEH VIOLATED AS AT TODAY?

      UNLESS ECOWAS POINTS TO A SPECIFIC SECTION, THERE’S NO SENSE IN MILITARY ACTION.

      • Otile

        Jammeh lost election and conceded defeat so the honorable thing for him to do is leave peacefully. We don’t want any bloodshed for his selfish interest. He is not indispensable. Jammeh has ruled for 22 years and the Gambian people have spoken. They have chosen Barrow, so advise Jammeh to give peace a chance.

        • Jide Okisoke

          THE ISSUE ON THE GROUND IS NOT PRESIDENT JAMMEH’s PAST TENURE
          BUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF GAMBIA THAT
          GIVES THE SUPREME COURT EXCLUSIVE POWER TO DECIDE IF ANYONE
          HAS BEEN VALIDLY ELECTED BY ELECTION AS PRESIDENT OF THE GAMBIA.

  • D. Glavdar

    Premium Times Editor,

    How about those living in frauds and sitting tight in office in Nigeria?

    “All necessary steps” is euphemism for military invasion
    but I am not aware of the domestic values Nigeria will attempt to
    export to The Gambia by military invasion over an election petition pending
    hearing at the Supreme Court of The Gambia. As a matter of fact; there’s none.

    In Nigeria, the Managing Director of Sterling bank, Yemi Adeola,
    continues his own limitless tenure in office despite being caught a fortnight
    ago with 153 million dollars stolen from NNPC. Why then should President Yahya
    Jammeh in faraway Gambia be threatened with armored tanks to quit office, if
    Yemi Adeola, as a proved moneylaundering criminal accomplice, is granted
    impunity for continuous stay in office?

    It makes no sense! Or am I aware that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been
    asked to quit his own traditional office in Kano on audit evidence of wholesale
    looting of Central Bank of Nigeria in excess of 1.6 trillion Naira. These two
    examples show the contradictions of President Buhari’s foreign policy in
    Gambia. A good foreign policy must come from domestic principles well-kept at
    home, not by endeavoring to enforce standards abroad which are routinely violated
    with impunity inside Nigeria

  • isaac

    Jonathan is a Saint.

    • Arabakpura

      Out of fear!

      • Retired Soldier

        I WANT TO THANK PREMIUM TIMES FOR STAYING ON TOP of political developments in The Gambia
        as lead story. It is going to be a significant development for the next five days. We are told that Nigeria
        and Senegal, and perhaps Ghana, want to launch a military invasion of The Gambia. It will be foolish.The three countries don’t quite know what they are getting into. Senegal may get lukewarm and leave
        Nigeria and Ghana to carry the can on this faraway war that will sap all the economic energy of a
        recession-hit Nigeria. A foreign war in the middle of econmic recession is recipe for depression

        • Arabakpura

          The Gambia is populated by about 2 million people and it’s bordered majorly by the sea and the Senegal! It’s a very small fry to handle! Moreover, a number of his erstwhile officials have resigned! I predict that the man will step down 24 hours to the inauguration of the new president!

          • Retired Soldier

            @arabakpura:disqus

            You remember Iraq? That’s what will happen when you take on the armed forces of a country.

            Nigeria will not only have to defeat the entire army of Gambia but will then have to set up another.

          • Arabakpura

            I don’t wish the situation to get to that but seeing that the whole world is united against the man Jammeh, he is going to be jammed seriously! That beautiful country will only witness a minor upheaval! I see them asking the citizens to stay indoors for one week while they remove the guy from his hole!

  • Democracy is a working progress. It is the greatest political idea of any generation. After a term limit of 8 yrs Obama is moving on and Trump is coming in. Jammeh had ruled for 21 yrs. I repeat 21 yrs. Goshhhhh. I want to throw up…

  • E.K Obubra

    @George_USA:disqus

    Nigeria should mind its own business. President Yahya Jammeh has not violated any law in The Gambia.
    How can foreigners accuse President Jammeh as a criminal when Jammeh did not violate any law? Nigeria is
    one of the foreign countries accusing President Jammeh but criminals and thieves are the ones ruling Nigeria
    and violating the law of Nigeria.

    President Buhari has no policy that anyone implicated in any crime or in violation of law in Nigeria must quit office
    in Nigeria. President Buhari now wants another country to expel their own president from office who has not violated
    any law. I challenge President Buhari to say what law President Jammeh violated, what law? Buhari is just running
    around but doing rubbish.