Gambia: Nigeria On Standby To Evacuate Citizens

Gambia: Nigeria On Standby To Evacuate Citizens

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:09 am

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Jamiu Yisa

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the federal government of Nigeria is on standby to evacuate its citizens in The Gambia if the need arises.

It was reliably gathered that crisis is brewing in The Gambia over the refusal of President Yahaya Jammeh to step down after losing the election, with supporters of Adama Barrow, the winner, vowing to swear him in on January 19 when Jammeh’s tenure will elapse.

Nigeria president, Buhari is currently meeting with leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the situation in Gambia.

Responding to a Twitter user’s question on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa said Nigeria was prepared to relocate its citizens should the need arise.

According to the twitter handle @Darafat710, the owner twitted thus,“@abikedabiri Please what is the government doing to evacuate Nigerians in Gambia? They will be target if things get out of hands,” went the tweet from Daud, who described himself as “an easy going guy”.

@abikedabiri replies, “Hopefully not. Optimistic in intervention of our heads of state. However, Nigeria on standby if evacuation needed.”

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