President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders will on Monday in Abuja continue their discussion on the political impasse in The Gambia, The Punch Newspaper is reporting.
Buhari disclosed this to journalists at the end of a closed door meeting the leaders had in Accra, Ghana on Saturday shortly after the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Ado.
“The meeting continues in Abuja on Monday,” the President simply said in a news item on Nigerian Television Authority.
“President Buhari is the Chief Mediator of the Gambian crisis and he is committed to ensuring that the logjam is resolved,” Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu had earlier told reporters on Friday
Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, confirmed to reporters that the meeting will continue on Monday.
He disclosed that there are some disturbing development emanating from the West African country, hence the need for the leaders to meet again in Abuja.
The political impasse in The Gambia started when President Yahya Jammeh who had earlier conceded defeat in the country’s presidential election after a 22-year rule later recanted, asking for fresh polls to be conducted by a “god-fearing and independent electoral commission.”
The Economic Community of West African States which has insisted that Jammeh must quit the stage for the President-elect, Adama Barrow, on January 19, 2017 had at its summit in Abuja on December 17 chosen Buhari as the Mediator for The Gambia with Ghana’s outgoing President, Mr. John Mahama, as Co-Mediator.