West African regional powers are maintaining their position that erstwhile Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must leave the country as his new deadline to step aside looms.
“There’s a bottom line. There’s a new president. He [Yahya Jammeh] has to leave power,” said Nigerian foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, who was involved in mediation efforts.
The West African bloc ECOWAS is taking a ‘by all means necessary’ approach for Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow to assume his mandate.
Mr. Barrow might not have wanted to be sworn in at one of the country’s embassy or to ride in a tank into the capital to assert his authority but the circumstances called for the measure.
Large numbers of Gambians have fled their homes and soldiers from ECOWAS are already in the country ready to storm the capital amid a deepening political crisis.
Yahya Jammeh is no longer recognized by the African Union and so far, no African leader is publicly supporting him.