Gambia’s former Ambassador to the U.S. Sheikh Omar Faye is making a last minute plea to President Yahya Jammeh to step down and avert a military intervention in mainland Africa’s smallest country.
Faye, a former military major who fought as part of a West African regional force in Liberia said that a military invention in Gambia could destabilize the country, which is already in a highly volatile region.
President Yahya Jammeh has been rumored to have hired mercenaries who fought for Liberia’s Charles Taylor.
The regional economic bloc (ECOWAS) said it has put its troops on standby should President Jammeh failed to hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow on January 19.
The Gambia has been flagged for terrorist-related activities if it goes into conflict. Terror groups are looking for more volatile places to launch attacks and embattled President Yahya Jammeh declaring the country an Islamic Republic has brought the small nation some attention.
ECOMOG forces are closing on to the Gambian border where they will launch an operation at midnight to capture President Yahya Jammeh and enforce the country’s December election results.