By Amaechi Agbo

With the political crisis in Gambia appearing to see no end, Nigeria has waded in to proffer solution by planning to grant political asylum to the incumbent President, Yahya Jammeh who is due to leave office in 6 days’ time.

With six days to go until Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh’s constitutional term in office ends, BBC reports that “Nigeria’s House of Representatives is to consider whether the country should grant asylum to him”.

it could be recalled that Mr Jammeh lost elections in Decenber – and although initially accepted defeat, he has since lodged a case before the Supreme Court requesting the result be annulled.

But the court is unable to hold a hearing until May – as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries – and Mr Jammeh has said he is going nowhere until then.

Nigeria’s President Muhammudu Buhari, as the chief ECOWAS regional mediator, is due in The Gambia tomorrow to continue mediation on how to persuade Jammeh to relinquish power when his constitutional power elapses on January 18.

The spokesperson of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, told the BBC Hausa Service, the lower house will be debating the motion today.

 

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