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ECOWAS Youth Council Congratulates President  Adama Barrow and The Good People Of The Gambia

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Press Statement By: The ECOWAS Youth Council

The ECOWAS Youth Council ably led by Amb. ‘Seun Ologun William wishes to felicitate with the good people of  Gambia on the inauguration of their president, his Excellency Adama Barrow.

It’s noteworthy to state that it was a journey made tedious by the refusal of the former President Yahya Jammeh to handover power peacefully. Nevertheless the tenacity and desire of Gambians have brought them to this happy and memorable moment.

We will like to use this important occasion and opportunity to also congratulate the “Newest” president in the world, His Excellency President Adama Barrow a prosperous tenure.

We call on all Gambians, home and abroad to join hands in the task of rebuilding the Democratic institution. It’s also pertinent at this point to call on Gambians to unite to ensure the dream of a new, prosperous Gambia built on justice and equity is realised.

The ECOWAS Youth Council will continue to support the people of Gambia, particularly the youths in their quest for a great Gambia. We also stretch forward our hands of fellowship to his Excellency, President Adama Barrow in his effort to contribute to build a Gambia of West African dream by leading and showing the way and upholding the confidence the Gambian nation has placed on him.

Long Live Gambia, Long Live West Africa.

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“I Called on all the Security Forces to be Loyal to my Gov’t and Stay in their Barracks” President Adama Barrow

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The Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow has been sworn into office at the Gambia embassy in Senegal, Dakar, while the defeated ex-president Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down.

President Barrow was inaugurated on Thursday 19th Jan  where thousands of Gambians in Senegambians attended and about 40 dignitaries were hosted in the embassy hall in Dakar to witness the ceremony. Among the dignitaries were a Senegalese Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Alh Momar Alieu Njie. Also in attendance were UN, ECOWAS and AU official representatives.

In his inaugural speech, President Barrow I called on the security forces to be loyal to my “I called on the all the security forces to be loyal to my government and stay in their barracks, anyone found with firearm on the streets without my orders, you shall be considered a rebel,” President Barrow stated.

ECOWAS and Senegal are seeking backing from the UN Security Council for intervention. However, Nigeria said on Thursday that its “armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia”, the AFP reports.

“They have the capacity to strike,” Nigerian Air Force spokesman Ayodele Famuyiwa told the news agency.

Meanwhile, immediately after the swearing in ceremony, the United Nations have passed the resolution tabled by Senegal to mandate ECOWAS to enter the territory of the Gambia to flush out the ex-president Yahya Jammeh from power.

Ex-President Jammeh was at the official residence, State House, in the Gambia’s capital, Banjul, and has no intention of leaving, according to a senior source in the Statehouse. He added that the regional force would have to arrest him there.

The Gambia’s army is divided over its loyalties to Jammeh, and those who are not loyal to him will not leave until they are invited by the new government, but many of Jammeh’s loyalists at the State House will resist, according to the source.

 

 

Gambian Dictator Jammeh Getting More and More Desperate by the day As He Ordered The Arrest Of ECOWAS Youth Members in The Gambia

logoJammeh attacks ECOWAS Youth Council Following the recent clamour for his step down and peaceful hand over to President-Elect Adama Barrow, who won the Dec. 1st Presidential election in Gambia and Jammeh has stepped up his arbitrary arrest and disappearance of Gambians.

The drowning Gambian President that is billed to step down tomorrow has taken the fight to the West African Youths. This was made known to Changed Nigeria News Crew by one of the youths whose house was searched yesterday by armed soldiers loyal to Yahya Jammeh. Soldiers have been going round the town rounding up military officers and civil society members who show any sign of dissent to Yahya Jammeh.

Our source who preferred to remain anonymous said at about 3 pm Gambian time yesterday, Yahya Jammeh’s armed soldiers marched to their family house with intent to rounding the up the whole family, but fortunately they were all not at home as at the time the soldiers came calling. This is because relatives and friends had tipped them off.

The youth who like most Gambian youths are members of West Africa Premier youth body known as the ECOWAS Youth Council has experienced a series of threats and harassment. Such acts of arbitrary arrest and disappearances seems to have been the order of the day as the Gambian dictator seems getting more desperate by the day.

It should be noted that just last week Changed Nigeria News reported that the regional body – ECOWAS Youth Council (EYC) sent an open letter to Yahya Jammeh pleading with the dictator to step down peacefully and spare Gambians the impending doom.

Reacting to this new and worrying development, the President of the regional youth organization Amb. Seun Ologun-Williams is further reassuring Gambian youths that EYC will be with them all the way. He further demanded that Jammeh to do the needful by peacefully stepping down as contained in its earlier letter to him. He said no amount of intimidation will water down the resolve of the determined Gambian youths. He also stated that the regional youth body stands with the regional body ECOWAS COMMISSION.

Report by: ECOWAS Youth Council

 

The French President, Hollande “Everything Must Be Done So That By Jan. 19, Barrow Can Take Office.”

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Gambia’s New president -Elect Adama Barrow

After negotiations by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS with Gambia’s long time dictator Yahya Jammeh failed, the regional leaders held a meeting on Saturday in Mali, Bamako to agree to a definitive next plan of action to resolve the political impasse in the country. The Franco-African summit was attended by President-Elect Adama Barrow where he will met with over 30 African leaders  and the French President Francois Hollande who attended the summit there. The leaders said they hope that Gambia’s Yahya jammeh will step down peacefully when the president-elect is to take office next week Thursday.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said much of the summit’s focus was on Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not give up power after 22 years, despite losing the 1st December presidential election to opposition coalition’s Adama Barrow.

Leaders from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, said no deal had been reached Friday after mediation efforts in Gambia. Contrary to the just appointed information minister Seedy Njie’s statement, the ECOWAS has said it would consider military action if Jammeh does not step down.

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