Gambia’s Army chief pledges loyalty to President Barrow

Gambia’s army chief, Ousman Badjie, said he recognized new President Adama Barrow as the new commander-in-chief and would not fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

“We are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea,” Badjie told Reuters in an interview today.

“This is a political problem. It’s a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes.”

Mr. Badjie had initially pledged loyalty to Mr. Barrow after the stunning announcement of his victory in the 1 December election.

He, however, made a volte face again after Mr. Jammeh challenged Mr. Barrow’s election.

The army general was seen yesterday in the streets of Banjul jubilating with the people after the swearing-in of Mr. Barrow in Dakar, Senegal.

His pledge of loyalty to Mr. Barrow came as Jammeh prepares to leave the country, although he missed the 4 p.m. deadline given by ECOWAS.

Some reports said he was writing a last note before he departs to Guinea Conakry on exile.


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  • Mufu Ola

    This is a yeye General.Why was he jubilatiing on the street ?

    • kinsly

      For and in support of the people’s will.

      • Mufu Ola

        Why did he give Jammeh the leeway to disturb the country if he’s so much in support of people’s will? He’s just an opportunist & should be dismissed by Barrow when he finally settle down.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    This General cannot be trusted. Barrow should retire him and all the ones Jammeh illicitly promoted two weeks ago to buy their conscience.

    • Rommel

      Calling this guy a General is like calling a house painter an artist

  • Rommel

    Wise guy

  • Isaac Azor

    Gen Ousman Badjie should not be trusted by Barrow. He is just an opportunist who wants to reap from any winning side.

  • Toby Oyenuga

    Don’t drink the tea, many africans have died from tea poisoning.

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  • Dawood

    Dey there o, no pledge loyalty to Barrow o! Yeye man had to choose: Naija bullet in your ass or shout yes sir to Buhari. He finally got the memo : there’s a new Sherriff in town, and his name is Buhari. Let’s just hope we don’t have to do this again with Barrow. African leaders are so ridiculous.

  • Bachéé

    Don’t you people think the same thing would have befalls Jonathan if he had refused to relinquish power to Buhari??
    What is good for goose is equally good for gander.

  • Victor

    This guy is so fired. What a wimp. Welcome foreign forces with flowers? You have undermined your authority with your men. You should have just kept your mouth shut and contact Barrow behind the scenes.