WACSOF Urges Gambians To Embark On Peaceful Civil Disobedience Against President Jammeh

...Says Tenure Limit Must Be Imposed in West Africa

BY ODILI CHRISTEL

Following the continuous gross violation of the fundamental human rights of the Gambians, the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)

has called on the Gambians to embark on a peaceful civil disobedience against President Jammeh's regime until power is relinquished.

The Acting General Secretary WACSOF, Mr. Auwal Musa who gave this call on Wednesdays in Abuja, also called on all governments to condemn the actions of Yahya Jammeh and to transmit such statement to the Gambian Embassy in their country.

Musa while expressing the concern of WACSOF over the intention of Jammeh to plunge the country into anarchy, appealed to international bodies and other countries to withdraw their ambassadors and to impose serious diplomatic sanctions.

According to him; "International human rights law provides important protections that the Jammeh government has frequently violated, including the rights to security of persons, to fair trial and to freedom of expression, association and peaceful Assembly".

He further declared that WACSOF has been working with ECOWAS to ensure that tenure limit is imposed in the Gambia and the entire West Africa so as to guarantee freedom to elect and change leaders as at when due.

He said; " WACSOF has been at the forefront in promoting tenure limit in the region to ensure peaceful, transparent, democratic and participatory election in West Africa. Incidentally, Yahaya Jammeh has consistently refused to comply with this as well as the ECOWAS protocol on Democracy and Good Governance ".

He urged all CSOs and the media all over the world to solidarize with the people of Gambia until the new president is inaugurated.

Also, the Vice Chairman WACSOF, Mrs. Margaret Udoh, urged all west African countries to partake in the fight and say no to autocratic and sit-tight Presidents.

She emphatically stated that the sit-tight attitudes of leaders has taken away the rights of the youth, killed the future of the children and has hindered growth in Africa.

Yahya Jammeh who came to power in a 1994 coup and has ruled the Gambia over the past 22 years has refused to relinquish power to the president elect Adama Barrow.

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