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Gambian crisis: MPs deplore non-recognition of Nigeria’s role

Members of Nigerian delegate to ECOWAS parliament have decried the legislative body’s non-recognition of Nigeria’s role in resolving the political impasse in the Gambia.

Former Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh plunged the country into crisis when he refused to step down after losing the last December presidential election, prompting regional pressure and a threat of military intervention.

The parliament, at the end of its first ordinary session in 2017, drafted a motion and accompanied by resolution wherein the role Nigeria played in ensuring peaceful transfer of power in the Gambia was not properly acknowledged.

Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the plenary, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representative, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun, on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not accorded the proper recognition and acknowledgement he deserves for his active role in ending the political crisis in The Gambia.

He said the presentation of Nigeria’s 2017 budget at the National Assembly was postponed by two days because of the Gambian issue.

“If you refuse to acknowledge such a country and personality in a manner that will encourage them to do better in future, then what is the purpose of the regional organization?” Lasun queried.

 

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