Jammeh’s exit as triumph for democracy, diplomacy, group

By Nelson Ekujumi, Lagos
A group, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has lauded the exit of former Gambian President, Mr. Yahya Jammeh as victory for democracy and diplomacy.
In a statement signed by the group’s Executive Director, Mr. Nelson Ekujumi in Lagos on Monday, the the group also commends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for restoring the democratic mandate of the people of Gambia.
“We equally commend the good people of Gambia for their perseverance despite the provocative comments and actions of ex dictator Yahya Jammeh and his cronies to hang on to power by assaulting the constitution and the democratic rights of Gambians as freely expressed at the polls on December 1, 2016.”
Ekujumi added in the statement that, “As we rejoice with the people of Gambia over the restoration of democracy and the aversion of a needless crisis that would have been generated by the crudity of ex dictator Yahya Jammeh to cling on to power unconstitutionally and against decency and civilized conduct, may we admonish Gambians to remain faithful to democracy as the only legitimate means of determining who rules them.
“We congratulate President Adama Barrow for his tenacity in keeping faith with the mandate of the Gambian people and urge him to repay all the sacrifices put in place and endured to reclaim his mandate, both locally and internationally by ensuring the delivery of dividends of democracy to the populace.”
The group added that the action of ECOWAS in Gambia would be a wake-up call to the electorates in Africa to boldly take their destiny in their thumbs to vote out despots who have underdeveloped, mismanaged and caused strife and crisis on the African continent.
“Once again, we wish President Adama Barrow and the good people of Gambia, a successful and fruitful tenure to the glory of God and the benefit of mankind.”

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