BREAKING: Citizens Fleeing The Gambia Ahead of a Fearful Inauguration of President-Elect, Adama Barrow
Jan 18, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— January 19th will mark an important day in the history of the Gambia as the Gambians are waiting in fear for what is likely to happen, a military confrontation to dispose President Yayha Jammeh.
According to latest reports from the Gambians’ capital, Banjul, many citizens are fleeing the small West African country into its neighbors as foreign military force continue to build up along the borders.
Few hours ago, at exactly midnight of 18th of January, about 530 soldiers from Senegal, 600 from Ghana, 100 peace envoys from Sierra Leone, 1000 ECOMIG soldiers from Nigeria and 200 special Commandos from France, UK and Germany accompanied by 30 Jet fighters and 300 B52 took position to cross the border into the Gambia.
According to the spokesman of President Elect, these forces will be escorting Adama Barrow to the Independence Stadium for his Inauguration as the new President.
Despite all the pressure, Yahya Jammeh, a long term dictator who has been in power for the last twenty two(22) years has changed his mind and refused to step down for the new president.
Recently Jammeh extended his term in office through his parliament like other dictators and declared a state of emergency but ECOWAS refused to acknowledge legitimacy of Mr. Jammeh and threatened to use force to dispose him.
On Saturday the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, hosted colleagues from other West African countries as ECOWAS prepares for a possible military action in the Gambia.
The meeting which was held at Defence Headquarters in Abuja involved intensive military preparation for the inauguration which will be led by the ECOWAS Military Intervention Group (ECOMIG).
Although Gen. Olonisakin expressed needs for a political dialogue for a peaceful transfer of power, the region and many partners support a military action should Jammeh refuse to peacefully step aside by the dateline.
Although no communique was released on Saturday, the Defense Headquarters’ websites listed many dignitaries from the region and ECOWAS who have attended the meeting.
Among the dignitaries were the chairperson of ECOWAS Chief of Defence Staffs, Daniel Ziankahn of Liberia (Brigadier General); CH Gueye of Senegal; ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Hajiya Salamatu; Vice President of the Commission; the Ghanian Chief of Defence Staff and principal staff officers from Defence, Army, Navy, and Air Force headquarters.
According to UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), ECOWAS has fully decided to impose the results of the Dec. 1, 2016 presidential election in the Gambia.
About The Gambia
The Gambia is a small West African country, bounded by Senegal, with a narrow Atlantic coastline.
It’s known for its diverse ecosystems around the central Gambia River.
Abundant wildlife in its Kiang West National Park and Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve includes monkeys, leopards, hippos, hyenas and rare birds.
The capital, Banjul, and nearby Serrekunda offer access to beaches.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional organisation of 15 West African countries established on 28 May 1975. Its main goal is the promotion of the economic integration among its members but as the region gears toward solidifying democracy, ECOWAS is one of the great tools in the region.