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Finally, Yahya Jammeh Announces Decision to Step Down | WATCH



The Gambia’s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh announced he would step down and go into exile in a televised speech in the early hours of Saturday, January 21.

West African troops entered The Gambia were prepared to remove Jammeh by force if needed.

Jammeh’s announcement came two days after Adama Barrow was sworn in as the Gambia’s new president in Dakar, Senegal. Jammeh initially rejected the December 1 election results but has agreed to a peaceful transition of power.

West African leaders, including President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritius and Alpha Conde of Guinea, arrived in capital Banjul on Friday to oversee the handover.

“I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians,” Jammeh said.

In the announcement, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”.

“I promise before Allah and the entire nation that all the issues we currently face will be resolved peacefully,” he added.


Jammeh will now leave Banjul on Saturday with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to begin a new life in exile.

All indications are that Jammeh will be going into exile in Guinea.

A senior adviser to Barrow said talks to finalise the exile deal were holding up his exit.

“I can assure you that he has agreed to leave,” Mai Ahmad Fatty, Barrow’s special advisor, said in Senegal’s capital Dakar. He could not say where Jammeh would go into exile.


  1. juju

    January 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Really, Now he is Dragging My Lord and Creator into this… … Goodbye Yahya Jammeh… good decision u made.. Finallly

    • FasholasLover

      January 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Ori okere koko lawo. Bi awi fun omo eni agbo. You could’a negotiated anythang you want. See ya life nau??? Shior.

  2. Love

    January 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

    It was about time you did sir. You would just have done like GEJ honourably, see how you were disgraced out. You refused when the ovation was loudest

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 21, 2017 at 11:38 am

      There was nothing honourable about what GEJ did.
      A shameless man who looted billions in government funds gets defeated and hands over and you call him honourable? Is it the corruption that is honourable? Or the EXPECTED relinquishing of power?
      He lost. He was rejected by the people and he did what a true LOSER would do, which is to hand over power.
      Stop painting a false heroic picture of the corrupt, clueless Otuoke Drunkard.

    • nnenne

      January 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      @ A Real Nigerian. …
      Clap for yourself and while at it keep enjoying and celebrating your change!!!!

    • Prince Charming

      January 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      I’m beginning to hate you. You rain insults on everyone for no reason. I read, with anger and astonishment, your comments on that article written by a twenty-year-old yeaterday. You kept trolling her and saying very mean and nasty things to her. What’s your problem bitch? Your comments are always annoying and insulting. I stopped attacking you because I felt I was being immature. Now, attack mode activated. You don’t try to be rational with a sick, rude, vile pig; you give them a taste of their own medicine.

    • Californiabawlar

      January 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Mr charming ultra-soft….like your language is generally any better? Msschew…. biko grow a pair and quit your whining ??

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      “You kept trolling her and saying very mean and nasty things to her. ”

      Are you okay? I was supporting her. Wtf are you yapping about, boy?

  3. Marian

    January 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Drama queen, dude just wanted his extra 5 minutes of fame.

  4. Eggscellent

    January 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

    He had to be forced to relinquish power. Fool!

  5. sharon

    January 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Bye Felicia!!

    Wait a minute, Exile? Doesn’t he have war crimes to answer to?

    • m4

      January 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Sure he does! but first things first,he will then face the Music.

  6. Chris

    January 21, 2017 at 11:02 am

    He’s afraid to die


  7. Papermoon

    January 21, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Long over due. Everything in it good time. Let’s get him out first and the rest will follow (Charles Taylor comes to mind). A crime is a crime no matter who committed them.

  8. GudNBoujee

    January 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Don’t relinquish now shege dan buran uba!!

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