President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment that leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had to make use of `strong-arm ways’ to get former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh out of workplace.
Jammeh, who re-contested Gambia’s presidential election on Dec. 1, 2016, had refused to step apart even after failing to win the re-election.
President Buhari, who said this when he obtained the visiting Gambian President, Mr Adama Barrow, on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, mentioned Nigeria and the ECOWAS had no choice left than utilizing the unpopular ways.
“We needed to undergo these actions as a result of it was the one choice for Nigeria and ECOWAS,’’ the President advised Mr. Adama Barrow, the President of the Gambia who succeeded Jammeh.
President Buhari recalled that despite all entreaties, the previous President refused to simply accept the end result of the election he superintended which was extensively accepted as credible.
He mentioned: “We thank God for the function He allowed us to play within the Gambia.
“We imagine in multi-party democracy. In Africa, it’s completely obligatory however for the system to work and one to return out of it clear, there’s want for persistence.
‘‘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 counselled that if African nations might get the institutional buildings of democracy working correctly, the continent would emerge from the method of growth efficiently.
He urged the Gambian chief to uphold the legacy of free and truthful elections, which he described as the largest assure for democracy.
While evaluating experiences with the brand new chief of the Gambia, the Nigerian chief mentioned one of many largest challenges dealing with Nigeria was unemployment.
“Sixty per cent of the 180 million individuals are beneath 25 years. They all want for a safe future. Those of them who’re educated really feel they’re extra certified for employment.
“We have studied the issue and are doing our greatest to stabilize the scenario.
‘‘We took over from a celebration that had been in energy for 16 years. During these years, the nation earned an unprecedented sum of money as income, by no means seen at any time earlier than,” he said.
The President introduced that representatives of each nations will deliberate and advise the leaders on how greatest to strengthen the present degree of cooperation between the 2 states.
In his remarks, President Barrow mentioned he got here to thank Nigeria and its chief in individual for guaranteeing the completion of the democratic course of in his nation, which had stalled again then following the refusal of Jammeh to simply accept the election outcomes.
The Gambian chief mentioned his nation obtained the assist of Nigeria in lots of spheres, citing schooling, administration, justice and safety sectors and requested President Buhari to proceed to be of help.
“We will never forget Nigeria for the help it has rendered to us since independence,” the visiting Gambian chief mentioned.