Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said the action of ECOWAS troops does not amount to foreign interference since it was President Adama Barrow who authorized the use of military force to oust former President Yahya Jammeh.
“He will be recognized as the legitimate president of The Gambia and this is not just symbolic,” said Onyeama. “In other words, what could amount to interference in the affairs of another country, would not be the case if the legitimate president invites another country to so assist.”
Barrow was sworn-in Thursday afternoon in at the Gambia’s mission in Dakar, Senegal where he immediately gave orders to waiting West African forces to depose former President Yahya Jammeh.
West African troops have crossed the border into the Gambia as part of regional efforts to support the new democratically-elected president in a showdown with his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
President Barrow made a special appeal for the international community to support his government and people of the Gambia in enforcing their will, restore their sovereignty and constitutional legitimacy.
“I call on all civilian and military personnel of the state to support my presidency since it is built on a constitutional foundation,” Barrow said. “They are assured that they will not be subjected to any injustice or discrimination but will be provided with better working conditions and terms of service.”