Ghana’s former president, John Dramani Mahama, has left for Abuja, Nigeria, to attend an Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) meeting on the situation in Gambia.
Mahama, who handed over power to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday, has been asked to continue his mediation role in the Ecowas initiative to resolve the Gambian political crisis.
A statement from the Office of the former president said that during a meeting of Ecowas held on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of President Akufo-Addo, the other regional leaders requested the former president to continue to assist Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as co-mediator in the Gambian issue.
The statement said President Akufo-Addo personally conveyed the Ecowas decision to the former president in a telephone conversation on Sunday, expressing confidence that with his help, President Buhari would be able to realise a peaceful resolution of the Gambia impasse.
Ecowas said last month it would take all necessary steps to uphold the result of a Dec 1 election in Gambia, where veteran President Yahya Jammeh said he would not step down after losing to Adama Barrow but later decided to challenge the election result in court.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK