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African Leaders Meet In Abuja Over Crisis In The Gambia
President Muhammadu Buhari will host some African leaders in Abuja on Monday in his capacity as the mediator in the current crisis rocking The Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to accept the presidential election which held in the country in December.
The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, had mandated President Buhari to lead a mediation team that will work towards a peaceful handover of power in The Gambia on January 19, as well as to ensure the safety of the President-elect, Adama Barrow.
The immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama was also appointed by ECOWAS as the Co-Mediator in the crisis.
A statement by President Buhari’s Media aide, Garba Shehu, said that the meeting in Abuja is sequel to the one previously held in Accra on the sidelines of the inauguration of Ghana’s new President.
At the meeting in Accra, the African sub-regional leaders expressed their readiness to continue to toe the path of dialogue with the leaders of The Gambia.
Shehu stated that the Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Macky Sall, as well as the Vice President of Sierra-Leone, Victor Bockarie Foh, and ex Ghanaian President, Mahama are expected at the meeting.