President Buhari Begins Actualisation Of ECOWAS Mandate
In the discharge of his mandate as the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS mediator for The Gambia, President Muhammadu Buhari has activated the process for the execution of his job.
One of the outcomes of the just-concluded ECOWAS Summit held on 17th December, 2016 in Abuja was the decision to designate President Muhammadu Buhari as the mediator for The Gambia. He is to be assisted by Mr. John Mahama, the out- going President of Ghana.
The Summit also gave the terms of reference to include ensuring the safety of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, the political leaders and the entire population; upholding the result of the Presidential election held on 1st December, 2016 and ensuring that the president-elect is sworn into office on 19 January, 2017, in conformity with the constitution of the country.
On the direction of the President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama is leading a Mediation Support Team (MST), working with the team of the Assistant Mediator, President Mahama. The committee has begun immediate consultations with leaders in the subregion as well as with international partners.
The main task of the Support Team, MSI is to undertake the first phase of the preparatory and support work that would lead to a high level meeting of the Mediator (President Buhari) and the stakeholders.
President Muhammadu Buhari remains optimistic that a peaceful resolution of the problem, in line with the laws and the constitution of the Gambia is possible before January 19th inaugural date of the new present.
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