Gambia’s President Barrow calls on ECOWAS to force out Jammeh

The Gambia’s newly sworn in President, Adama Barrow, has asked the United Nations (UN), ECOWAS and the African Union (AU), to force out Yahaya Jammeh to enable him (Barrow) take full responsibility of the country.

Mr. Barrow was sworn in today [Thursday], at The Gambia’s Embassy in Senegal Dakar, where he took the oath of office.

The ceremony was administered by Sheriff Tambadou, president of the Gambian Bar Association.

Mr. Barrow commended the ECOWAS, AU and other international bodies for their support in protecting the will of the Gambian people.

Mr. Barrow in his inaugural speech also instructed the heads of the military in The Gambia to recognise him as the new President, or risk being considered as renegades.

“My right as the winner to be sworn in and assume the office President is constitutionally guaranteed and irreversible. I hereby make a special appeal to ECOWAS, AU and the UN, particularly the Security Council to support the government and the people of The Gambia in enforcing their will and restore their sovereignty and constitutional legitimacy.”

He also called on Yahaya Jammeh to remain loyal to the constitution of The Gambia, and promised to be a President for all Gambians.

“This is a victory for the Gambian nation. Power belongs to the people in The Gambia. This is a day no Gambian will ever forget; first time since The Gambia became independent that it’s changed a government through the ballot box,” Barrow said.

“The capacity to effect change through the ballot box has proven power belongs to the people in The Gambia. Violent change is banished forever from the political life of this country. All Gambians are therefore winners. There is no loser in this election.”

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/Ghana/with flies from BBC