A human rights watchdog wants ECOWAS to drop Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari as the chief mediator over the political impasse in The Gambia.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria says it is hypocrisy and political immorality for the regional group to have Mr. Buhari mediating the political logjam in The Gambia when his administration refused to accept a binding judgment of the region’s highest court.
The Buhari administration has refused to respect an ECOWAS court ruling to release former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s former National Security Advisor, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, and a Federal High Court ruling to release on bail the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The pro-democracy group is said Mr. Buhari “has rubbished the integrity of both the judicial institutions of Nigeria and the regional bloc,” and urged him to respect the ruling of the courts.
The ECOWAS team was insistent that President Yahya Jammeh hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow “within constitutional deadlines, and in accordance with electoral laws of The Gambia.”
The bloc appoints Buhari and Ghana’s John Mahama as the mediators.
Jammeh is refusing to step down and ECOWAS has threatened to send in a standby force to be led by Senegal to oust him if he refuses to relinquish power when his term expires on January 18.