With six days to go for Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, whose departure from office would pave way for the President-elect, Adama Barrow’s inauguration as President, Nigeria's House of Representatives is to consider whether the country should grant asylum to him.
Asylum refers to protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.
According to Ceoafrica, President Yahya Jammeh who has been ruling Gambia since 1994, lost elections last December to Adama Barrow in Dec 1 polls held in the country, and initially accepted defeat, but later made a U-turn, by lodging a case before the Supreme Court requesting the result be annulled.
But the court is unable to hold a hearing until May due to absence of some judges who ought to serve as panellists, as majority of them come from neighbouring countries and President Jammeh has said he is going nowhere until then.
Nigeria’s President and Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, Muhammudu Buhari, as the chief regional mediator, is due in The Gambia tomorrow, as the Nigeria’s House of Representatives will be debating the asylum motion today.