Gambia: Buhari a hypocrite for sending troops to remove Jammeh – Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ejiofor
A counsel to the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for sending troops to the Gambia, stressing that such action was hypocritical.
Recall that tension has continued to rise in The Gambia, following the refusal of Yahya Jammeh to step down as president after losing the December 1, 2016 Presidential election.
Following Jammeh’s refusal to step down, the Nigerian Air Force had on Wednesday sent a contingent of 200 men and air assets, led by Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf, to Dakar, Senegal, with the aim of ousting the embattled President.
But Ejiofor, while addressing reporters stressed that Buhari had no moral justification to deploy Nigerian troops to The Gambia, having failed to obey several courts’ orders on the release of some high level detainees.
Citing the cases of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki(rtd) and the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, Ejiofor said Nigeria has no business in The Gambia having disobeyed several court orders in the country.
According to Ejiofor, “You are talking about going to another country to go and enforce rule of law when in your own country you have not been able to obey orders made by the court.
“It is also in this country that we have an order where a court directed that Dasuki should be released by ECOWAS court, the same ECOWAS you are trying to defend their interest, you are yet to comply with their order concerning your country.
“All these orders made by both local and international courts, you disobeyed, now you have the effrontery to deploy troops to Gambia to go and enforce rule of law over there, is that possible?”
Similarly, the Senate had yesterday lambasted Buhari’s Federal Government for deploying troop to The Gambia without seeking legislative approval.