Offer Jammeh asylum in Nigeria, Reps urges FG


The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to consider asylum offer for Gambia President, Yahya Jammeh.

The House, however, advised Jammeh to respect the wish of the citizens of the country, who voted against him in the recent presidential election..

It expressed support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led diplomatic negotiations at stabilizing Gambia as the country grappled with political crisis resulting from the poll.

The resolutions of the lawmakers followed a motion by Sani Zorro (APC-Jigawa) which was adopted by members through a majority voice vote.

Moving the motion, Zorro had said the clock was ticking fast for the survival of democracy in Gambia and that there was the need to intensify preventive diplomacy to save the country.

According to him, Nigeria’s past leadership has played roles in restoring peace and settling conflicts in various Southern and West Africa nations, including Congo, Chad and Liberia.

He said Nigeria’s policy of extending safe haven to endangered African leaders had been part of the nation’s dispute settlement.

Zorro added that such gesture was extended to President Felix Malloun of Chad, Charles Taylor and Yomi Johnson, both of Liberia and others.

Supporting the motion, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP- Abia), said granting asylum to the embattled Gambian leader was in consonance with Nigeria’s foreign policy thrust.

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