Published On: Mon, Jan 9th, 2017

Gambian crisis: Buhari hosts four W/African Presidents today

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By Lawrence Olaoye

President Muhammadu Buhari will today play host to four West African leaders on the political crisis brewing in The Gambia.
The leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had mandated Buhari to mediate in the crisis in order to avoid violence and preserve democracy in The Gambia.
According to a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity,Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari, and the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama as Mediator and Co-Mediator respectively, have also been mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ensure the safety of the President-elect, Adama Barrow and ensure a peaceful handover of power on January 19.
The meeting in Abuja followed the one in Accra on the sidelines of the inauguration of that country’s President which expressed the readiness of the leaders of the sub-region to continue the pursuit of dialogue with the leaders of The Gambia.
The Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, the Vice President of Sierra-Leone and ex-President Mahama are expected at the meeting.

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