Nigeria leader heads delegation to Gambia in election crisis

2017-01-10 16:02
Muhammad Buhari. (File: AP)

Muhammad Buhari. (File: AP)

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Abuja - Officials say Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will lead three West African heads of state to Gambia on Wednesday in an effort to persuade its longtime leader to step down.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyema says a meeting on Monday in Abuja agreed on the mission, the second presidential delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) to visit Gambia since President Yahya Jammeh lost December 1 elections.

Jammeh initially conceded the loss but changed his mind.

The West African bloc has said it has a military force on standby if Jammeh refuses to cede power when his mandate expires on January 19.

Leaders meeting on Saturday in Ghana said they were still working on a diplomatic solution.

Monday's meeting included presidents of Liberia and of Senegal, which would lead any military intervention.

Read more on:    ecowas  |  muhammadu buhari  |  yahya jammeh  |  senegal  |  nigeria  |  liberia  |  gambia  |  gambia 2016 elections  |  west africa

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