Nigeria Mulls over Severance of Ties with Gambia Over Jammeh Not Stepping Down

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources say that President Muhammadu Buhari may have begun moves to reduce ties with fellow West African Nation Gambia after President Yahya Jammeh insists he would not step down.

Some ministry officials in Abuja told Armada that the president has asked for inputs on what option is open to the country as a means of pressing home it’s insistence that Jammeh steps down.

“Severance of ties is a likely option even though it may be gradual,” said the source.

The Gambian dictator, speaking on Gambian state television late on Tuesday, condemned mediation by West African regional bloc ECOWAS that aims to get him to leave power after he lost a Dec. 1st election to challenger Adama Barrow.

“I am not a coward. My right cannot be intimidated and violated. This is my position. Nobody can deprive me of that victory except the Almighty Allah,” Jammeh said.

“Already the ECOWAS meeting was a formality. Before they came, they had already said Jammeh must step down. I will not step down,” he said.

President Jammeh who is accused by human rights groups of the detention, torture and killing of perceived opponents during his 22-year rule, particularly queried Buhari’s moral right to be in Gambia with other ECOWAS leaders to persuade him to step down for his opponent, Adam Barrow, who won the December election. Jammeh pointed out the rash of inconclusive elections in Nigeria and the violence that marred the exercises under Buhari’s watch.

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