Senegalese leader, Macky Sall, has pleaded that military intervention in Gambia should only be considered as the last option making Jammeh step down.
After conceding defeat, Gambia’s president Jammeh changed his mind about handing over the mantle of leadership despite the obvious victory by the opposition.
Showing concern over the power tussle, West African leaders representing the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS had urged the defeated president to honorably step down.
Unfortunately the dictator is not heeding the warning and advice of the heads of state to relinquish power in respect to the rule of law.
Macky Sall preaches dialogue in the matter which could threaten the peace and socio-economic welfare of the Gambian people. He is optimistic that a calmer approach in the case will help Jammeh to “listen to reason”.
“The use of force can only be an ultimate step when diplomacy has completely failed. I do not think it is reasonable for President Jammeh and his allies to engage in a showdown.
“There were certainly crimes. But if we engage in a showdown, it is clear that the consequences will be much more dramatic.
“If it is necessary to dialogue and find a way out for Jammeh to be protected, why not. I am for dialogue and allow him to leave quietly.
“I hope that President Jammeh will hear reason.”
Though denied by the court, Macky Sall, the Senegalese president, willingly and independently made the move to reduce his own tenure by 2 whole years. From 7 to 5 years.
“We have to understand, in Africa too, that we are able to offer an example, and that power is not an end in itself.”
Unfortunately, Gambia’s president does not share his sentiments.