‘We won’t fight to defend Jammeh, says Gambian army chief

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos with agency reports
Gambia’s Chief of Defence, General Ousman Badgie has stated that his men would not fire a shot to defend their former commander in chief, Mr. Yahya Jammeh.
Speaking on Friday to newsmen in Banjul, the country’s capital Badgie said there “is not going to be any war or any fighting.’’
His position is coming just as talks to convince the disgraced leader to cease power continues.
The Gambian Army Chief assured that the West African leaders would continue to make a final attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to cease power.
“It’s a political misunderstanding; it is going to be solved politically, not militarily. Security is guaranteed 100 per cent,’’ the army chief adds, inviting thousands of Gambians who fled their country in fear of violence to return.
“West African troops that crossed from neighbouring Senegal into Gambia to help unseat Jammeh would be welcomed “with a cup of tea,’’ said Badgie.

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