Badjie: I ‘ll Not Involve My Soldiers in Stupid Fight, ECOWAS Troops Mass at Gambia Border, Jammeh Stays Put, Barrow to Be Sworn in at Gambia Embassy in Senegal

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As West African troops mass at the Senegal-Gambia border at the expiration of Yahya Jammeh’s tenure, Gambian Army Chief, Ousman Badjie, said he would not involve his soldiers in a fight with ECOWAS forces as the matter at hand was a political dispute.

Gambia’s Vice President, Isatou Njie-Saidy, resigned earlier on Wednesday joining eight cabinet ministers who resigned this month. With the development, Yahya Jammeh is isolated.

There are also unconfirmed reports that ECOWAS forces have entered Gambia through Farafenni without any resistance from Gambian troops. Other reports say the soldiers are joining ECOWAS troops.

President-elect, Adama Barrow is due to be sworn in at the Gambia Embassy in Senegal.

Adama Barrow @adama_barrow  4h4 hours ago

I would like to inform you that the Inauguration Ceremony is going to take place at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. #Gambia, Barrow tweeted.

“We have confirmation. It is veryIMPORTANT

 to us that he will be sworn in today. Then we can make arrangements for him to go back to Gambia,” Isatou Toure, a senior Barrow aide, told Reuters. The ceremony is due to take place at 1600 GMT.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz flew to Senegal to meet with President Macky Sall after last-ditch talks in Gambia aimed at resolving a crisis over the transfer of presidential powers, a Senegalese presidential source told Reuters on Thursday.

However Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie said his troops would not fight Senegalese forces should they enter into the country, AFP news agency reports.

“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily, this is a political dispute,” he said. “I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men”, Badjie said.

Badjie heads an army of 2, 500 soldiers.

President-elect, Adama Barrow is billed to be sworn in at an undisclosed location after an initial plan to swear  him in at the Gambian Stadium was shelved. Barrow is still in Senegal.

Col Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegalese military, said Ecowas had decided on the deadline to try to achieve a diplomatic solution.

“Things are getting into place and Ecowas forces are ready to intervene if needed after midnight if we can’t find a diplomatic solution to the Gambian crisis,” he said.

The Ecowas force is seeking UN Security Council endorsement to use “all necessary measures” to help remove Mr Jammeh, BBC reports.

Nigeria has sent an aircraft, a warship and 200 personnel while Ghana has sent 200 troops to Senegal while Mali and Togo have contributed troops.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has dispatched a contingent of 200 men, as well as an aviation fleet comprising combat aircraft, cargo ships, a helicopter and a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft in Dakar,” The NAF spokesperson, Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement issued in Abuja.

Over 26,000 Gambians have fled to Senegal to avoid being caught up in a fire fight while UK and Dutch tourists have continued to be evacuated.






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  1. lamin January 19, 2017 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Comander. Take him out and you vill bin the comander even in the future. Or go to hel. Now bala bala. Make action if you love Gambia

  2. Alex Coker January 19, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    We shall see.

  3. Kujeh Yaffa January 19, 2017 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Where is the madman?

  4. Basiru Jobe January 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    He is all nuts. Must never be trusted again.

  5. Boy Banjul January 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Over the years he has been involving Gambian Soldiers (not his ) in most stupid war, that against Gambian civilians. Now facing an overwhelming force then start playing cheap. What happened to his nonsense jujus?

  6. Ebou Yarbo January 19, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Our people suffered a lot psychologically though .I think there is some element of politics in his statement

  7. Ojay TooCool January 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    We will like to know on who’s side is he, our president Barrow or jammeh the rebel leader? he should tell us that now, can’t trust this mother fuckers…

  8. Spaceebou Jarju January 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    My advice to all Gambians, we are going out of jammeh regime and coming to Adama Barrow regime, we are all Gambians so let forget about what happened between we the Gambians we join hands to work for better Gambia, i am a jola from foin, but I don’t really like the way jammeh was ruling the Gambia , But i have no power to stop him, i will like to thank all my mandinkas friends , i knew many of my jolas tribe where insulting the mandinkas but I’m saying sorry to you all, is jammeh who was doing all that, but we are all Gambians, few jolas who were talking badly they are from cassamace, we lived with the mandinkas for so many years we never had a problem, just this 22 year of bad regime from jammeh, such happens, but we are sorry, i personal has no problems with the mandinkas, but on behalf of my fellow jolas, we are sorry it was jammeh rubbish.

  9. Wopa Njie January 19, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    He is not a loyal soldier to the Gambia

  10. Wopa Njie January 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    We don’t need in the Army…

  11. Bah Aminah January 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Not be trusted. They are criminals

  12. Musa Bah January 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    They should ban the Jola from government. They are the only tribe bringing problem in this our region.

  13. Moro Darboe January 20, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Fuck you Badije

  14. Momodou Lamin Jaiteh January 20, 2017 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Better for you but what took you so long to make this comments?

  15. Omar Kalleh January 20, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I don’t trust him

  16. Modou Saine January 20, 2017 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Stupid clown!

  17. Karim Manneh January 20, 2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

    And you are not to be trusted bro

  18. Mariama Faye January 20, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

    These people are not trustworthy, we need to be very vigilant with them

  19. Max Ceesay January 20, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

    All lies…Not trustworthy

  20. Alfred Hodel January 20, 2017 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Work for the new government if you are really gambian. The Gambian military can toit.

  21. Morrison Lahai January 20, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    It is better, because your troops are weak to fight the guys who fought in Liberia and Sierra Leone

  22. Melville Yusuph January 21, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Nice One…
    But what are you gonna do, Stand aside and, let them take out your C-I-C??
    Or you are planning on resigning??

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