According to The Gambian Armed Forces's Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Ousman Badjie, The Gambian Military will not oppose ECOWAS military forces if they were to come into Gambian soil.
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According to unconfirmed reports, ECOWAS troops entered The Gambian national borders midnight on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 made of troops from most Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.
Speaking to AFP news after dinner at a tourist district, CDS Ousman Badjie stated that, according to him, the current situation in the Gambia is not a military issue, but rather a political one.
“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily; this is a political dispute. If they (ECOWAS) come in, we are here like this,” Badjie said, putting his hands up mimicking the universal surrender gesture.
“I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men.”
Chief of Defense Staff Ousman Badjie, who declared his support for president-elect Adama Barrow, only to switch back to President Jammeh is, himself, a controversial figure.
President-Elect Adama Barrows, who was scheduled to be inaugurated today in at a football stadium in the Gambia, will now be inaugurated at the Gambian Embassy in the Senegalese capital city of Dakar.
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Meanwhile, the Ghanaian government has sent 250 foot soldiers to aid in the ECOWAS mission in The Gambian potential conflict.
According to AFP, the Senegalese army spokesperson, Colonel Abdou Ndiaye, told AFP news yesterday, January 18th, that Senegalese armed forces are on alert.
“Our troops are on alert. … The ultimatum takes effect at midnight,”