Liberia’s President and ECOWAS Chairperson Mrs. Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf will today, Wednesday, 11 January lead ECOWAS Mediator on The Gambia crisis – President Buhari of Nigeria and hopefully President Ernest Bai Koromo of Sierra Leone to Banjul again to discuss with outgoing President YahyaJammeh the imperative to respect the Constitution.
A dispatch from Abuja, Nigeria where ECOWAS leaders, including Presidents Sirleaf, Muhammadu Buhari and MackySall of Senegal met on Monday, 9 January says the three West African leaders deliberated for four hours intensively in closed door at the Presidential Villa.
They came out of the meeting resolved to within two days send some ECOWAS leaders to The Gambia to discuss with outgoing President Jammeh the imperative to respect the Constitution, the dispatch says.
Others to form part of the ECOWAS leaders’ delegation include the Co-Mediator, former President Mahama, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. de Souza and special representatives of the United Nations and the African Union, respectively.
ECOWAS is seeking the safety of President-elect Mr. Adama Barrow.Outgoing President Jammehis contesting results of the December 1stelections to which he had earlier conceded defeat.
The meeting came ten days to the January 19th inauguration of President-Elect of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow. Jammeh, who lost the polls, is calling for fresh elections.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne