$300 Million. That’s What Nigeria Spent in Restoring Democracy to Gambia.

DECEMBER 2016.

Election day in Gambia. Voters go to the Polls to elect a new President.

The Incumbent Yahya Jammeh is defeated in the Polls by Adama Barrow.

Yahya Jammeh accepts the election results and releases a video showing him making a concession call to Adama Barrow.

The United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), the United States (U.S) and the European Union (UN), lauds Jameh’s acceptance.

The defeated incumbent Yahya Jammeh gives a televised address  annulls the election result, citing evidence of malpractice. Declares  90 day State of Emergency.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expresses dismay at Jamneh’s sudden reversal and calls for the Jammeh to step down and release power to the Adama Barrow.

ECOWAS delegation flies into Banjul to mediate, meets with Jammeh and Barrow separately, says to issue a statement at Summit in Abuja. Jammeh’s party filed an election petition in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice slates January 10 for preliminary hearing.

The Gambian Army storms the IEC, sends staffers home.

Ghanaian President issues a strongly worded condemnation and call on Jammeh to peacefully hand over political power.

ECOWAS Headquaters Abuja.

ECOWAS SECRETARIAT, ABUJA.

 

Irritated by this distraction, an angry Muhammadu Buhari storms Gambia to persuade Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Storm Bajul for mediation talks.

With the Boko Haram conflict still raging on, allbeit on a lesser scale and eager for a quick resolution to the crises, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari embarks in another round of shuttle diplomacy.

A regional delegation led by Nigeria’s President visits Banjul, Gambia’s capital, for the second time in 4 weeks, urging Yahya Jammeh to respect the outcome of the election he lost.

WHO IS YAHYA JAMMEH.

The “self-declared” dictator and eccentric Yahya Jammeh has been in office since seize power in a coup 22 years ago. He is known for his bizarre and unconventional mode of leadership i.e witchcraft, which he touts with pride. He once claimed to have invented his own herbal cure for HIV, and exorcised an entire village of the 1,000 people by force-feeding them hallucinogenic potions. He pulled Gambia out of the commonwealth  in 2013, calling it a “neo colonial institution”.

In 2015 he withdrew from the International Criminal Court, describing it as the “International Caucasian Court”.

ECOWAS Defense Cheifs meets at the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja to Map out plans for military action in the Gambia. 


Nigeria’s Chief of defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin hosts military commanders from the 15 member ECOWAS States on modalities for military intervention.
Nigeria’s Chief of defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin hosts military commanders from the 15 member ECOWAS States on modalities for military intervention.

Nigeria’s President orders the Nigerian Army and Air Force to prepare for potential deployment to Gambia.

Nigerian Army HQ draws 800 men  from the Army’s 19th Battalion.The soldiers are instructed to report to the Nigerian Army School of Infantry- Jaji, for a crash course on Counter Insurgency .

The Armoured Corp begins the assembly of armoured vehicles needed for the task.

Preceding the deployment of ground forces,the Nigerian Navy deploys two Warships NNS Unity for a naval blockade of the Gambia.

NNS UNITY departs Lagos for Gambia.

JANUARY.

The Nigerian Navy deploys its flagship NNS Thunder 150 miles behind NSS Unity, ready to confront any vessel that attempts to break through the blockade and to prevent another embarrassing situation like the event of 2011.

In 2011 South Africa, in a show of force deployed a warship to Ivory Coast, complicating West Africa’s efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the countries post-election crises. Nigeria was under no illusion,. This was a direct challenge to the regional hegemon Nigeria.

ECOWAS gives Yayha Jammeh a deadline of 12 noon, 20 January to relinquish power or be forced out by West African forces.

ECOWAS indicates its intention to forcefully remove President Yahya Jammeh should he fail to hand over power to President Elect Adama Barrow.

The Nigerian Air Force deploys an aviation  fleet of 3 Alpha light attack jets, 3 F-7N interceptors jets, 200 Special Forces personnel, 6 Utility helicopters, one ATR-42 , and one CH-3 Rainbow attack drone to Dakar Senegal, to provide air support for Senegalese soldiers.

NNS Unity off the coast of Gambia.

Adama Barrow returns to the Gambia, while 2,500 ECOWAS troops remain stationed in the country for six months to stabilize it.

COST.

Nigeria spent $500 million towards the deployment of 200 Special Forces and air & naval assets to yet another successful operation.

 


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