ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meets Over Gambian Political Impasse

ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meets Over Gambian Political Impasse

The Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters, on Saturday said its Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin hosted some of his counterparts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja as part of efforts to mitigate the political impasse in Gambia following the refusal of President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to the president-elect, Adama Barrow after he lost the December 1 2016 election.

While welcoming the participants and ECOWAS officials to DHQ, General Olonisakin, according to a statement, expressed the readiness of regional leaders and military commanders to continue the pursuit of dialogue with the political leaders of Gambia and ensure peaceful transition of power in accordance with the Gambian’s constitution and the peoples will.

Notable dignitaries at the event included the chairperson of ECOWAS CDS, General Ziankahn of Liberia, General CH Gueye of Senegal ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs Hajiya Salamatu, Vice President of the Commission, the Ghanian Chief of Defence Staff and Principal Staff Officers from Defence, Army, Navy, and Air Force Headquarters.