West Africa degenerating to war zone

West Africafrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE global community is concerned at political uncertainty and significant security challenges in the continent, particularly West Africa.
The United Nations envoy in the region cited the imminent crisis in The Gambia where President Yahya Jammeh has refused to hand over power to Adama Barrow after the December general poll.
The ongoing terror perpetrated by the Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighbouring countries is also cause for concern with over 20 000 people killed and 3 million displaced.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast has recently suffered mutiny by soldiers but it is the volatile situation in Gambia that could spark the region into unimaginable crisis on Thursday when Jammeh must hand over power.
“We were saddened by the quickly unfolding political crisis resulting from President Jammeh changing his mind and deciding to reject the results,” said UN special representative in the region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
He said Office for West Africa and the Sahel was fully involved in supporting the mediation in Gambia.
Chambas pointed out such crises had overshadowed a rising tide of democracy throughout the continent, noting a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards.

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