Why I Allowed Jammeh To Go On Exile-President Barrow

By Ikenga Chronicles January 23, 2017

Why I Allowed Jammeh To Go On Exile-President Barrow

President Adama Barrow of Gambia said that he allowed his predecessor Yahya Jammeh to go on exile because the country could not guarantee his safety. Barrow dropped this hint on Sunday night during an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

Recall that the former president, who is accused of human rights violations, flew out of the capital Banjul late on Saturday as a regional military force was poised to remove him.

“We don’t want him to stay in the Gambia because we cannot guarantee his security. The security situation in the Gambia is fragile. It’s a very difficult situation. And if you allow a former President to stay in your country, you have to guarantee his security.”

“If you cannot guarantee his security, it will be impossible for us to keep him. That is why our stand is; let him leave to a foreign land. In the future he might come back if things settle down” Barrow said.

He also said his administration will put in place laws that will ensure smooth transfer of power and ensure presidential term limit in Gambia.

“This time the democratic principle will be reinstated. And we will improve on them. We will put in place laws that nobody will stay long. Laws like term limit.”

“Every president will know that; ‘look I am president but at this time I will leave power.’ You will behave yourself and try to work for the country so that you will leave a good legacy,” Barrow said.