- House of representatives member Sani Zoro has moved a motion for Nigeria to allow outgoing Gambia president Yahya Jammeh to come and live in Nigeria after leaving power
- Zoro said the motion would help Nigeria avert a looming political crisis in Gambia after Jammeh threatened to stay in power beyond the January 19 transition date
- Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that the motion be debated on Thursday, January 12 when other reps wanted to rejected the motion outright when it was presented on Wednesday, January 11
National Assembly may allow Jammeh to come to Nigeria after President Buhari led ECOWAS leaders to mediate in looming political crisis in Gambia.
The National Assembly will today, January 12, 2017 debate on whether to allow outgoing Gambia president Yahya Jammeh to come and live in Nigeria after leaving power on Thursday, January 19.
The Punch reports that a motion was moved along this line in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 11 and is set to be properly debated on Thursday.
The motion was moved under matters of urgent public importance by a Reps member from Jigawa State Sani Zoro.
Although other members of the lower house wanted the motion rejected outright, The Punch reports that Speaker Yakubu Dogara ruled that it should be admitted for debate and advised them to wait till Thursday to either reject or accept the motion.
Zoro argued in his motion that Jammeh should be allowed to Nigeria, where his safety can be guaranteed while he is out of office. This, he said, would ensure that there was a crisis-free transition of power in The Gambia on January 19.
Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the ECOWAS are set to visit Gambia on Friday, January 14 to mediate in a looming political crisis in Gambia.