A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Chief Emmanuel Remi-williams has acclaimed President Muhammadu Buhari for his role in resolving the political crisis in Gambia.
He said for the President Buhari’s role, the crisis could have snowballed into a major regional problem.
An Octogenarian ,Remi-Williams, said: “President Buhari stood firmly during the period’’.
He led the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in peace-making as a panacea to the problem in Gambia.
As a big brother in the ECOWAS region, he and his fellow heads of state agreed that a military option was the best option to remove the then Gambia president Yahya Jammeh, who did not want to go, after 22 years in office and after losing an election.
President Muhammadu Buhari matched his words with action by dispatching a military peace contingent to Gambia. And soon, other countries in the region followed suit.
It was then clear to Jammeh that the game was over. His boast and confidence collapsed like a pack of cards. No wonder he had to leave town as quickly as possible few days after our soldiers landed Senegal, in preparation for showdown with Jammeh and installation of his successor Adama Barrow.
Pa Remi-Williams warned sight-tight African leaders that the era of ruling forever was gone. He urged them to follow what is happening abroad where transition of power is peaceful and rancour-free. He urged them to abide by their constitutional role and leave when the ovation is loudest.