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What Tinubu Said Before Yahaya Jammeh's Exit from Gambia


After initially refusing to leave office having lost in last year December election, previous president of the Gambia Yahaya Jammeh all of a sudden consented to leave office, succumbing to pressure from Guinean President Alpha Conde and his Mauritanian partner Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, who were with him on Friday and Saturday. 

Subsequent to consenting to leave and spare the Gambia of turmoil, Jammeh had a great challenge – how to fly out. 

The Nation it was gathered spoke with All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who allowed his private jet to be utilized to fly Jammeh out of Banjul.

Jammeh’s exit paved the way for the return of President Adama Barrow to take office after he was sworn in on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal.
Tinubu’s VP-CBT Falcon Jet had been with President Conde, who is a close friend of the leading politician.
It was not until late on Saturday night that Jammeh agreed to go. Sources said Tinubu was contacted to allow the use of his jet to fly Jammeh out of Banjul.
He reportedly gave a condition: it should only be used “if it will facilitate the quick exit of Jammeh and lead to the restoration of peace and democracy in The Gambia”.
The plane eventually flew out with Jammeh, his wife, mother and President Conde on board.
Senegal, it was learnt, insisted on knowing those on board before allowing it to overfly its airspace.  This wish was granted.  Jammeh was flown to Equitorial Guinea where he will be on exile
Jammeh arrived at the airport amid a large convoy of vehicles and throngs of cheering supporters.
He stood on a small platform to hear ceremonial music performed by a military band and then walked down a long red carpet, surrounded by dignitaries.
He climbed the steps to the plane, turned and kissed and waved a Qur’an at those assembled.
It was an emotional farewell. Many soldiers, supporters and dignitaries were crying. Others in The Gambia were glad to see the end of a 22-year dictatorship which had little respect for human rights and freedom of speech, the Nation reports.


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