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We are not going to involve ourselves in any fight – Gambian army chief

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Gambia’s army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation’s borders.

The Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are on standby to move into The Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh approaches a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action after refusing to leave at the end of his term.

“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a political dispute,” Chief of Defence Staff Ousman Badjie said, after eating dinner in a tourist district close to the capital, Banjul, eyewitnesses told AFP.

“I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men,” he added, stopping to pose for selfies with admirers while dressed in fatigues, beret and green t-shirt, according to those present.





We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a political dispute…I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men.

“If they (Senegalese) come in, we are here like this,” Badjie said, making a hands up to surrender gesture.

Badjie is no stranger to controversy after appearing to declare support for president-elect Adama Barrow and then switching back to Jammeh.

He was recently barred from visiting Gambian peacekeepers in Darfur due to the sensitivity of The Gambia’s ongoing political crisis, which has seen Jammeh repeatedly refuse to step down despite losing a December 1 election to opponent Barrow.

“Our troops are on alert… The ultimatum takes effect at midnight,” when Jammeh’s mandate is due to expire, Senegal army spokesman Colonel Abdou Ndiaye told AFP ahead of the deadline.

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  1. African dictators who only dream of changing the constitution for their continued stay in power must be rooted out. They reach an extent of disregarding the rule of law

  2. Mr.President Yahya Jammeh, never attempts to step aside, remain the president of Republic of Gambia.The election was not fair face any military intervention that tries to take power by force from you.

  3. NO No No…. Gambia belongs to Gambians. Let them decide and take action for whatever they wish to happen. No foreign intervention….No No NO…. Remember recent tracks in Africa. I am not saying that the guy has to remain in power. But, It’s none of Senegalese business hey…

  4. MR JAmmeh , here in Uganda we have got a very good convincer , who can convince those foreign troops before removing you from power then he can change the results of the elections, please mr president this man will help you because he is used to that system you try him , he is by the names of Engineer BADLUH KIGGUNDU Please try him immediately you will see the out come.

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