President MUHAMMADU BUHARI will today host four other West African leaders to an emergency meeting aimed at preventing violence and preserving democracy in The Gambia.
The Abuja meeting is coming on the heels of the one in Accra on the sidelines of the inauguration of President NANA AKUFO-ADDO.
Our correspondent reports that the Presidents of Liberia and Senegal, the Vice President of Sierra-Leone and former Ghanaian President JOHN MAHAMA are expected at the meeting.
Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister GEOFFREY ONYEAMA said the Abuja talks will discuss further steps to be taken on the political logjam in The Gambia after outgoing President YAHYA JAMMEH refused to hand over power to the newly elected ADAMA BARROW.
YAHYA JAMMEH, a former coup leader who has ruled Gambia for 22 years, initially accepted his defeat by opposition figure ADAMA BARROW in the December 1 election but rejected the outcome after a week.