Several West African leaders will join their Gambian counterpart to march through Bangul in a show of solidarity after last month’s failed coup attempt.
This comes just a few days after President Mahama- the current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, stopped over in Gambia to assure President Yahya Jammeh of the backing of the regional group.
A source within ECOWAS explained that it was the standard protocol for its leaders to response in such manner to the attempt to end “the short 20 year democratic rule of a comrade.” He reiterated the point made by President Mahama in Banjul on Sunday, noting that “in the African tradition, if anything happens in your brother’s house you have to go and visit and make sure everything is ok.”
He argued that President Jammeh, who claimed to be ready to rule Gambia for one billion years after winning the last general elections by 72%, should be protected from such undemocratic attempts to seize power.
Responding to the Boko Haram threat in Nigeria, our source explained that the Nigerian leader has been assured of the unwavering support of his comrades in the sub region. “Boko Haram can continue troubling ordinary Nigerians, but if they ever dare threaten the life or the presidential palace of brother Jonathan, we will react as swiftly as we have done with our brother Yahya Jammeh.”
The solidarity march will take place sometime before the end of the month and will be led by His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa, Commander In Chief of The Armed Forces and Chief Custodian of the Sacred Constitution of The Gambia, and his friends from across the west African sub region.