By Philips Sunday
Nigeria, (AN24) – The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) contingent that joined the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to uphold Adama Barrow’s mandate and oust former and embattled President of The Gambia, Yahaya Jammeh, has returned home.
The contingent returned to Nigeria on Thursday evening, February 1, 2017 from Dakar, Senegal.
Recall that Jammeh who had ruled the tiny West African country for 22 years, had reportedly refused to step down a week after he called Barrow, then President-elect to concede defeat.
Though ECOWAS leaders had persuaded the former Gambian leader to cede power but Jammeh adamantly stayed put, prompting the ECOWAS bloc to send in both ground, sea and air troops to oust him.
Displeased with his decision, EECOWAS threatened military invention to oust the Gambian leader with Senegalese and Nigerian troops among the ECOMIG force pushing to enter Gambia to oust Jammeh.
Surprisingly, despite the advancement of the ECOWAS troops to The Gambia’s borders, Jammeh stayed put, claiming it was the will of Allah that he defend The Gambia.
However, in a last minute dialogue, Jammeh decided to step down after saying that none of the ECOWAS member leaders loved The Gambian people more than himself.
This paved way for President elect, Adama Barrow who had fled the country to neighbouring Senegal and was sworn-in as the President of The Gambia in Dakar, Senegal to come back.
Meanwhile, Barrow has since settled down as the new president of the tiny West African country even as he named his cabinet on Wednesday, February 2, with the promise that his official inauguration will take place on the 18th of February .