President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh has slapped the Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for asking him [Jammeh] to handover power.
Jammeh warned Buhari not to involve himself in discussions related to his presidency as he [Buhari] has been asked by his people to step down.
“Step down first and I will do same” – Jammeh said.
The timely involvement of the outgoing President of Ghana John Mahama saved the Nigerian President.
Jammeh met with Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana’s John Mahama.
West African heads of state began arriving in Gambia on Tuesday to try to convince the long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power after losing an election this month. Jammeh, who seized power in a coup in 1994 and earned the reputation as a repressive leader, had conceded defeat to opponent Adama Barrow, prompting wild celebrations in the country of 1.8 million after the Dec. 1 election.
However, he changed his mind a week later, citing irregularities in the official results, which were corrected to show a victory margin of fewer than 20,000 votes for Barrow.