By Alhagie Jobe: The scheduled High level West African leaders mediation mission led by Nigeria’s President Buhari to visit Banjul on Wednesday, January 11th, has been pushed to Friday, 13th January at the request of President Yahya Jammeh, according to Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
“At the instance of President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, the High Level ECOWAS mediation mission led by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has pushed forward its visit to Banjul, the capital of Gambia, to Friday” a press release signed by Mr Shehu stated.
Last Monday, January 9th, West African leaders met in Abuja under the invitation of President Buhari to discuss the political situation in the Gambia where they agreed that a high level Presidential delegation visit Gambia on Wednesday, January, 11th.
According to the Nigerian Presidency, in accepting to postpone the visit earlier planned to take place on Wednesday, President Buhari, who is mediating alongside Mr. John Mahama, the immediate past president of Ghana said the delay notwithstanding, the mandate of the ECOWAS will be accomplished.
President Buhari reiterated the appeal on Monday by ECOWAS leaders that the Gambian leaders do everything they can to douse the tension in the West African country, which has led citizens to leave the country due to political uncertainty.
The Nigerian leader said ECOWAS is committed to the resolution of the crisis through inclusive dialogue with respect to the constitution and the will of the people of Gambia.