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18 Jan 2018

Regrettable Defeated Gambian President Jammeh Refused To Setp Down, Says President Buhari

ABUJA, Jan 18 (BERNAMA) -- President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has expressed disappointment that leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were forced to use "strong-arm tactics" to get former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh out of office.

Jammeh, who contested Gambia´s presidential election on Dec 1, 2016, had refused to step aside even after failing to win re-election.

President Buhari, who received new Gambian President Adama Barrow at the Presidential Villa here Tuesday, said Nigeria and the other ECOWAS member nations had no option left than using the unpopular tactics.

"We had to go through those actions because it was the only option for Nigeria and ECOWAS,´´ the President told President Barrow.

President Buhari recalled that despite all entreaties, the former Gambian president refused to accept the outcome of the election which he superintended and which was widely accepted as credible.

He said: "We thank God for the role He allowed us to play in the Gambia. We believe in multi-party democracy. In Africa, it is absolutely necessary but for the system to work and one to come out of it clean, there is need for patience. Patience on the part of leaders is also necessary in view of ethnic and religious diversities that prevail. Leaders must be patient, hardworking and resourceful."

President Buhari counseled that if African countries could get the institutional structures of democracy working properly, the continent would emerge from the process of development successfully. He urged the new Gambian leader to uphold the legacy of free and fair elections, which he described as the biggest guarantee for democracy.
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