[ Masterweb Reports ] - The police in Lagos on Monday said they had arrested the publisher of Biafra Times and nine others for allegedly publishing and circulating seditious and malicious publication.
Parading the 10 suspects, Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said 515 copies of the offending newspaper were recovered during a raid on the printing press in Shomolu, Lagos.
“The printing press has been shut and the environment is being monitored.
“This is an offence punishable under the Criminal Law of Lagos State,” Owoseni said.
He added that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as detectives finished interrogating them.
The arrested publisher, however, told journalists that he had no intention to promote disunity and disharmony among Nigerians.
“I love my country and I love my president. My intention is not to fight my country; I just want to pass out information to those who have no access to the Internet.
“I usually go on the Internet to source for information and publish. I have other papers on sports and social life which I publish,’’ he said.
The prime suspect said he had been publishing for the past eight years but only specialised in Biafra Times three months ago.
“I decided to specialise on Biafra Times when I discovered it is always a sell-out anytime we published stories about eastern parts of the country.
“Sometimes, I go to newspaper vendors and hear people requesting for Biafra Times.
“We usually print about 5000 copies which we sell for N100 nationwide,” he said.
In another development, the CP told journalists that the command was aware of a proposed demonstration which popular artiste, Tuface Idibia planned to lead.
He said that the command was yet to be officially notified and assured that the police would not allow unscrupulous elements to hijack the protest.
*Photo Caption - Map of Defunct Republic of Biafra
[ Masterweb Reports: Ahmed Tahir Ajobe reports ] - The controversial super-polygamist and Islamic preacher, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bello Masaba is dead. He died yesterday afternoon after a brief illness in his Bida residence. He was 93 years. His personal assistant, Alhaji Mutairu Salawudeen Bello, confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent.
“The Janiza prayer and interment is slated for today by 10am,” Bello said. He said the late octogenarian had fore-told his death and was prepared for it.
“Baba had told us that his time was up. He told me personally during his last moment that he had completed his divine assignment and was ready to meet his creator.
“He told us to remain dedicated to the cause of Islam and urged us all not to deviate from all his teachings on righteousness, piety and total submission to the will of Allah. He warned us to shun adultery because it is ‘Hallal’ before Allah,” Bello said.
Masaba was said to have slumped on Friday at his residence on Kota-Woro road, Masaba ward in Bida, triggering rumour of his death.
The rumour went virile following his inability to attend his popular Saturday morning Islamic teaching which attracts participants from within and outside Niger State.
The apprehension over his status grew as family members and aides could not immediately pick calls and return text messages to confirm the development.
His death was confirmed about 2 pm. Masaba became popular when the story of his 86 wives and 170 children went public in 2008.
There was public outcry from Islamic clerics and the local authority who called for his head then. He was persuaded by the local authorities to divorce 82 of his wives to bring the number to four, according to Islamic injunction, but he had stood his ground.
“If God permits me, I will marry more than 86 wives. A normal human being cannot marry 86 - but I can, only by the grace of God,” he had said.
*Photo Caption - Late Abubakar Bello Masaba
[ Masterweb Reports: Anthony Akinola reports ] - Professor Richard Neustadt, a revered authority on American presidential politics, contends in his celebrated book, 'Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents,' that "The presidency is not a place for amateurs. The sort of expertise can hardly be acquired without deep experience in political office. The presidency is a place for men of politics but by no means is it a place for every politician". This statement would be at the back of the mind of every watcher of Donald John Trump's presidency in the days, months and years ahead.
Donald Trump, the billionaire 45th president of the USA, has been described as the richest American president since George Washington (1789 to 1797); the most combative presidential candidate since Andrew Jackson (1829 to 1837) and, uniquely, the only president to have come into office without having held any previous political or military position - an amateur of some sort in political terms.
His inaugural speech on 20th January was remarkable, remarkable in that it was devoid of the rhetoric that has come to be associated with speeches of such occasion. He rightly acknowledged the presence of his surviving predecessors, but went on to bemoan the state of a nation that has descended into poverty and danger at home and flashing weakness on the foreign stage. In what would be an assertion of the intended direction of his presidency, Donald Trump indicted the elites in Washington for their corruption. "Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you...
One's mind could not but be directed at our corrupt politicians in Abuja as Trump made his populist speech. Our politicians celebrate daily while those who elected them into their various offices die in large numbers from hunger and disease. One wished there was a Nigerian political leader bluntly bearing his or her mind as Donald Trump did on his important occasion. However, it remains to be seen how he intends to tame the greed of politicians he would be sharing power with in many respects.
Although the president has enormous powers, he or she is nevertheless not a dictator. The president will quickly have to learn the art of persuasion, making those they share power with appreciate that the changes they propose are in their collective interest. When not enjoying the cooperation of elected politicians, the president must learn to take his or her message to the national constituency. A Nigerian president, for instance, must learn to engage the support of those who have elected them into office, especially when realising that the fight against corruption in particular is a fight against the privileged elite-political, judicial, religious and traditional- who had become accustomed to receiving bribes of rams and suitcases of assorted currencies from previous corrupt leaders!
Be that as it may, the inauguration of Donald Trump was greeted with protests by those who had grievances against the controversial pronouncements he had made while campaigning for office. The legitimacy of his election was hardly questioned. Those who had continued to moan about his failure to secure a majority of popular votes seem not to understand that the American Union is a product of compromise in which the interests of large and small states are balanced through a variety of structures, ensuring that one was not disadvantaged by the advantages of the other.
For instance, every state is represented equally in the Senate, and the electoral college system, inter alia, ensures that the presidency is not determined by a combination of just a few states with overwhelming populations.
We have quite a lot to learn from America and its democracy. First, our nation cannot be anything other than federal. It does not help the cause of peaceful co-existence if a federal nation is run like a unitary one.
There would be the need to devolve economic and political powers to the federating units in order to douse the tensions that have continuously characterised our relationships.
Secondly, one cannot but admire the maturity of an older nation in the management of power transfer from one administration to another, and from one political party to the other. The presence of Hillary Clinton at the inauguration of Donald Trump sends a message about the purposefulness of one nation to the rest of the world. Mrs Clinton contested the presidency with the eventual winner, but would seem to have put her disappointments behind her in the overall interests of the nation. That is a demonstration of political maturity at its highest level, and a message that can hardly be ignored by the civilised world.
Finally, the preeminence of America in world politics cannot but provoke nationalistic envy in others. One would question why other peoples should be content with their generations remaining perpetually at the lower tier of world power. The ascendancy of America derives from a lot of factors which include massive size and population. Those calling on Donald Trump to help them in breaking up Nigeria, are short sighted and seem not to understand that Trump's America itself had experienced a history of chronic challenges at nation building - a nation that fought a civil war and had since moved on. Nigeria's post-civil war revisionists, even when they might have their grievances, also seem not to want to know that millions of their own co-exist with other Nigerians and profit from their relationships in other regions of the federation.
Let Nigeria be! Political and economic terms will continue to be dictated by the big and powerful nations of the world; Nigeria, as presently constituted, offers the prospect that the black race could one day be represented in that league. It requires time, patience and commitment for a nation to transform and prosper. Of course, it also demands massive investment in education and jobs.
Anthony Akinola reports from Abuja, Nigeria.
*Photo Caption - U.S. President Donald Trump
[ Masterweb Reports: OlalekanWaheed Adigun reports ] - While many, including me, were expecting a bloodbath in The Gambia as the deadline set by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expired for ex-President Yahya Jammeh to vacate office for the duly elected President, Adama Barrow. I kept a late night on the 19th of January waiting for the news of Jammeh stepping down peacefully. I was disappointed the man called the bluff of ECOWAS and the international community as if telling them to “go to hell”. This movie was going to be longer than I thought.
That night, with no sign of President Jammeh planning to leave, even though I knew he was like a drowning man struggling against the wind, I had to manage to sleep for barely two hours. This was a man who stood no chance against the Nigerian-led ECOMOG soldiers. Why should he be fighting a lost battle? Why shouldn’t he just accept the asylum offers from Nigeria and Morocco? Why does this man just want to shed innocent blood in a battle he would still lose? All these were the questions I asked myself as Jammeh continued to stay in power at Banjul.
As someone told me, Jammeh has some South African-trained mercenary soldiers ready to defend him in event of an ECOMOG invasion. He said for him to have stayed in power for about 22 years, giving up power easily will be very difficult. He argued that Nigeria shouldn’t have intervened. Should Jammeh win the war against ECOMOG, he argued, the myth of Nigerian military will be will be broken and that will further ignite the Biafran agitations in Nigeria.
Even though I knew the position this man is coming from, especially as it concerns the Nigerian army, I made some sense from what the man was saying. At some point during the negotiation, some events propped up here in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has opposed the military option to The Gambian crisis. He argued that it would be counter-productive. At the same time, some pseudo blogs came up with the news that Jammeh as allegedly “told” President Buhari that he should “go and free Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra before coming to tell me to go.” As if things were all planned at the time, the Nigerian Senate woke up from its slumber, opposing the deployment of troops to The Gambia. The soon realize it was “unconstitutional” for the President to deploy troops after the soldiers have almost reached Senegal. Clearly, Jammeh’s agents are really hard at work here in Nigeria!
While this is not the platform to respond to Jammeh’s Nigerian agents, as Africans, we should congratulate ourselves that we were able to demonstrate to the world that we are capable of handling our affairs without European or US intervention. That there was no gun shot or lives lost in the whole crisis shows things are really changing. The most important thing is that Jammeh’s 22 year reign came to an end in The Gambia without bloodbath.
OlalekanWaheed ADIGUN ( Tel: +2348136502040, +2347081901080
Email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org is a political analyst and independent political strategist for wide range of individuals, organisations and campaigns. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
*Photo Caption – Map of Gambia
[ Masterweb Reports: Kabiru R Anwar reports ] - The Adamawa State Judicial Service Commission has removed two judges from office and demoted one other. Secretary of the commission, Susana Elam disclosed the development in a press release issued on Wednesday but did not indicate reason for the disciplinary.
The removed magistrates are Abdurrazak Abdullahi and Yohanna Kake, while Hussaini Musa was demoted.
The release noted that the decision was taken at the commission's 167th meeting held on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.
The statement added that fifteen staff of the Commission were promoted at the meeting.
"The Commission during its special meeting also approved the appointments of Fifteen Senior Magistrates Grade II," Elam said.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State accused detractors of plotting to pitch him against President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Val Obienyem, Obi said those behind his leaving his former political party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), were responsible for the plot. What is clear to the general public is that Obi governed Anambra well. Masterweb declared him one of the best governors in Nigeria after their team embarked on a tour of Anambra State in 2011. What is not clear is the colour Obi will take on national level either as federal appointee
or elected official.
Some elements may have been responsible for Obi’s exit from APGA but not his entry into People's Democratic Party (PDP) because there were many other parties he would have joined, including United Progressive Party (UPP). The truth was that he calculated that Goodluck Jonathan would win the election being the incumbent as no sitting president ever lost re-election in Nigeria. Obi foresaw juicy appointment coming his way with Jonathan’s victory. He joined PDP for his personal interests and not those of Ndigbo - his reason for not pushing for the inclusion of Igbo owned news media in Jonathan’s campaign organization where he was Deputy Director-General. Yoruba owned news media saturated the rank and file of the campaign while Igbo outfits withered with Obi destroying the ladder of ascension. Some of these Igbo news media meritoriously served Obi during and after his tenure as governor but were locked out of PDP presidential campaign bounty. Why should they not partake in Jonathan’s bounty considering the fact Obi may have short-changed them in the past? He either did not pay them or underpaid them for their services before his entry into PDP.
Most Igbo leaders become self-centered once given federal appointments as opposed to appointees from other regions who put sectional interests first. This is where Obi stands. If the preceding statement is wrong, he (Obi) should start doing things from his ‘refuge’ PDP that will point in the opposite direction.
Pius Anyim was given a petition affecting a victimized Igbo scholar (Charles O. Okereke) by Ohanaeze for delivery to then President Goodluck Jonathan and nothing was heard of the document to-date.Anyim did not communicate to Ohanaeze whether or not he delivered the petition ( http://www.nigeriamasterweb.com/OhanezePetitionOnMyBehalf.html ) and accompanying Encyclopedia of National Anthems to Jonathan. He remained silent to the group (Ohanaeze) that nominated him for the office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). What a shame!
If federal appointments are empowerment and development, Igboland would be better than what it is today. Who really cares if President Buhari accords Igbos more federal appointments to reflect federal character? Those that expect to benefit from such appointments, their families and friends care but not the general masses, including those agitating for Biafra. The activities of MASSOB, IPOB and other Biafran groups precede Buhari and cannot be solved with more federal appointments to Igbos. Bad governance resulting to unemployment and strangulating economy are responsible for all agitations and militancy in Nigeria. The states are as responsible as the federal government for these societal ills emanating from incompetence and corruption.
Peter Obi even though performed above standard as governor, knocked down the Igbo ladder just like others before him during his ‘shelter’ and appointments in PDP. What Igbos need are good governance and representation, and not federal appointments that on the aggregate have not benefited them. Igbos should not be deceived by politicians who failed Ndigbo as public servants and now decamping to APC and shouting “change”. Nothing has changed about these people and as such cannot bring positive change to Nigeria and Igboland. They are courting IPOB and MASSOB for their selfish ends towards 2019 election – just ignore them.
*Photo Caption – As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Hamisu Kabir Matazu reports ] - Alhaji Lawal Kaita was the former governor of Kaduna State in 1983, under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He lasted only three months in office before the 1983 coup brought an end to his rule. Between 1980-1982, he was a Special Assistant to President Shehu Shagari. In this interview, he spoke about the Southern Kaduna crisis, and the shocking political changes that have taken place since the second republic. Excerpts:
In 1983, you were the executive governor of Kaduna State, and shortly after your exit, many crises happened. What do you think is responsible?
Well, I remember when I was a governor of Kaduna State. We were fighting for the creation of Katsina State, and the late Sheikh Abubakar Gumi came to my office and tried to persuade me to stop the agitation. He said Kaduna State without Katsina will be a trouble spot. There would be constant trouble between southern Zaria and Northern Zaria. But I told him, sir I can`t stop it because we want our own independence.
At the time, many people were against state creation, just to avoid these crises. General Shehu Musa Yar`adua was against it, and so also was Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Abubakar Gumi foresaw this and told me to stop, but here we are today, Katsina State was created and Kaduna is in crisis.
But why did you continue with the agitation despite all the persuasions?
Because we were suffering too, and why should we continue to suffer? At that time, the best thing to do was to fight for our own state. That was why we continued.
Can you tell us some of the sufferings that triggered your quest for the creation of Katsina State?
Of course yes. You see, even the federal statutory allocation at that time was a blessing. The fund helped in developing your own area. Look at Katsina now, we are peaceful and development is everywhere.
But, what do you think is responsible for the crises?
It’s all about selfishness and struggles for religious and political relevance. Nowadays, people lie without tolerance and respect for each other, and obviously, it’s the result of bad behaviors.
As a governor then, how were you able to steer the state without such crises?
I was only there for three months, so there was no crisis throughout that time. More so, we ran an honest and transparent government that respected everyone’s culture and religion.
Recently, a sitting governor was said to have called on Christians in Southern Kaduna to come out and defend themselves. What is your view on that?
It`s highly irresponsible for a sitting governor to address his Christian counterparts to come and defend themselves. As a public figure, he should learn to encourage peace not violence.
What political changes have you noticed between the Second Republic and now?
The political changes in Nigeria are shocking. In our time, there is dedication and commitment, and money was not our priority. What people so much care about is ideology not money. You cannot influence people with money.
When I was ousted from government, I just had N133,000 in my wife`s account. I only survived with that N133,000 and this house. But now, governors are billionaires. I keep wondering how somebody could have such huge amount of money as a public office holder.
There were calls, especially from the southern part of Nigeria, to restructure the country into viable regions, what is your take on this?
I will not comment on that.
Buhari overthrew the government when you were a governor and you would later go on to help him. Why?
He overthrew us, but we feel he should be given another chance to prove himself.
President Buhari has spent 2 years in office, do you also believe he has good intention for the country?
Yes, very good intentions.
But, there are complains even by his wife that he is being caged by a cabal, which has affected his performance. What can you say on this?
The Buhari I know has good intentions for Nigeria, and cannot be caged. I know Mamman Daura personally. He is very nice, very intelligent, very committed and hard working. So, for those who still believe that Buhari is caged, they are wrong. He is strongly independent.
Maybe the economic recession is biting people very hard and there is no good response from the government. And for ordinary people, even food to eat has become increasingly difficult. So, however much you try to persuade people that Buhari is doing well, people will not believe you.
They said, during our time, we the PDP people, we were stealing money but people were happy eating. But now, nobody is stealing anything, according to them, but we are not eating, we are suffering. Where is the money?
I don’t think Buhari is caged. He is doing what he thinks is right and his people are supporting him. But, what is right in their own opinion is not what we Nigerian believe is right for us.
What is your assessment of the government?
Well, the assessment of the government is that it`s doing what it believes is right. They said a lot of money has been stolen by the PDP people, they are recovering the money but yet the ordinary people are suffering. People are suffering.
At 84 years old, you still look healthy and agile, what is the secret?
Luck and contentment. I am quite happy with what I am. Money is not my problem. But, this interview should stop here. For 20 years I have not given such interview, and it`s because of you.
*Photo Caption - Alhaji Lawal Kaita
[ Masterweb Reports: Uzoh Romanus Nnabuike reports ] - According to reports, the media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, alleged that no fewer than 11 members of the pro-Biafra group have been shot dead by security operatives.
“They have attacked our people; 11 have been confirmed dead, many others have bullet wounds”, he claimed in the statement,” he said.
He alleged that the attack was carried out by the police, the army and the Department of State Services.
A twitter user Anioke Collins, said Biafrians were been shot by police officers at Igwuocha area of the state.
It was reported earlier that pro-Biafra supporters took to the street in the Port Harcourt to march in solidarity to Trump.
Biafra supporters have always expressed their support for Trump hoping he will help them achieve the actualization for Biafra.
Recall that members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) visited Trump tower in New York to commence the ‘Biafra For Trump Solidarity Rally’.
They also passed a message concerning the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, their leader and the director of Radio Biafra who remains in custody since the middle of October 2015.
He alleged that the attack was carried out by the police, the army and the Department of State Services. A twitter user Anioke Collins, said Biafrians were been shot by police officers at Igwuocha area of the state. It was reported earlier that pro-Biafra supporters took to the street in the Port Harcourt to march in solidarity to Trump.
*Photo Caption - Trump celebrants
[ Masterweb Reports ] - African forces have suspended a military operation to force The Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power in favour of final talks to convince him to leave the country, the president of Ecowas said. Talks will be led by Guinean president Alpha Condé in Banjul on Friday (Jan 20) morning, said Mr Marcel Alain de Souza, the head of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).
"If by midday, he doesn't agree to leave The Gambia under the banner of President Condé, we really will intervene militarily," he added.
The political standoff in Gambia intensified on Thursday as foreign troops crossed the border with orders to dislodge the repressive leader who has refused to step down after losing a presidential election last month.
Mr Jammeh seized power in a coup 22 years ago and once said he could rule for 1 billion years. But on Thursday, the Senegalese military headed toward the capital of Gambia, Banjul, where Mr Jammeh has been holed up in the state house, insisting that his rule is still valid.
Mr Jammeh has warned that he will fight back against any foreign military intervention.
At least 26,000 Gambians, worried about violence, have fled the country, the United Nations says, and several senior officials in Mr Jammeh's government have resigned in protest or have left the nation as well.
As the invasion began, the winner of the election, Mr Adama Barrow, was being sworn into office in a brief ceremony about 240km outside of Gambia. The inauguration took place in a nondescript room at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, because Mr Barrow has so little control over his country that he did not go home for the funeral of his son, who had been killed by a dog over the weekend.
Mr Barrow's team ultimately decided that the embassy in Dakar was the closest they could safely get to Gambian soil to start the new administration. Plans for an elaborate ceremony in a soccer stadium in Gambia's capital had to be scrapped amid the standoff.
"It's not necessarily the kind of ceremony to be jubilant about, but the situation is dangerous," said Mr Halif Sallah, a spokesman for Mr Barrow.
But late on Thursday it appeared the situation could still be resolved without a fight. State television broadcast news that the presidents of Liberia, Mauritania and Guinea would arrive on Friday to negotiate a peaceful resolution. A Senegalese military official said troops would stand by for talks to resume.
During the inauguration in Senegal, Mr Barrow arrived to enthusiastic whoops from hundreds of supporters and emerged from a motorcade beaming in an all-white outfit. He was sworn in just before 5pm, his hand on a Quran, pledging to serve his country "without fear or failure".
Several people who had gathered outside to watch on a large television screen shouted, "No more dictatorship!"
In a brief speech, the soft-spoken Mr Barrow called on the Gambian security forces to pledge their loyalty to him, asking that the military stay in their barracks.
"We are one Gambia, one people," he said.
The Gambia has suffered high unemployment and political repression for years under Mr Jammeh, with many citizens abandoning the country to risk perilous and often deadly journeys to Europe by sea.
Minutes after Mr Barrow was sworn in, celebrations erupted across The Gambia, with thousands gathering in some areas.
Mr Lamin Demba, a welder, said he felt like a free man. Joining others in celebration in front of his welding shop with piles of metal, he took out his phone and called a relative in Italy.
"Come back home boy, we are free now," he shouted into the phone. "Now Gambia is free."
But while Mr Barrow has popular support in The Gambia, it has not been enough to dislodge the erratic Mr Jammeh. After initially accepting defeat in the election, he suddenly cited voting irregularities and called for a new vote.
"He is still the president," said Mr Seedy Njie, The Gambia's minister of information, communication and technology. "So, yes, he is here."
This week, The Gambia's Parliament voted to extend Mr Jammeh's term for three months, though international officials denounced the move and many analysts consider it unconstitutional.
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday supporting the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to Barrow.
The resolution, presented by Senegal, which has a rotating seat on the council, offers "its full support to the Ecowas in its commitment to ensure by political means first the respect of the will of the people of The Gambia" in the election that ousted Mr Jammeh from office.
The speed with which the council has taken action shows how little support Mr Jammeh has among world powers. He has overseen a legacy of human rights abuses, including imprisoning opponents and declaring that gay people should be beheaded. He has claimed to have the ability to cure AIDS with little more than an herbal concoction.
Mr Barrow, by contrast, is an unassuming real estate agent who fell into the candidate's position after Mr Jammeh jailed other opposition party members. He left the country last week to meet with other West African leaders to discuss how to resolve the matter of taking over the presidency. Fearing for his safety at home, he wound up in Senegal, which surrounds The Gambia on three sides and has a huge stake in The Gambia's stability.
Mr Jammeh's circle of friends has been shrinking considerably in recent days. The African Union said it would fail to recognise him as president as of Thursday. The presidents of Liberia and Mauritania met with him to urge him to step down, to no avail. His chief spokesman and longtime mouthpiece fled the country. Many of his ministers resigned.
Mr Jammeh has tried numerous channels to cling to power. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but because he had fired most of the judges and failed to replace them, a full panel could not be assembled in time to hear his case.
This week, Mr Jammeh declared a state of emergency in the country. He shut three independent radio stations, and his officers arrested people selling #GambiaHasDecided T-shirts.
For now, it appears members of the security forces are staying loyal to him. But with Mr Jammeh lacking a broad support base, his ability to provide for supporters who have lived off his good graces for years will be challenged.
"He has nothing left, really," said Mr Sallah, Mr Barrow's spokesman. "In the end, I don't see how he can stay."
Ms Mariam Sakho, a Gambian waitress in Banjul, said she was confident Mr Jammeh would step down, especially now that many of his ministers were deserting him.
"Yesterday, my boss said I should not come to work because it is not safe," she said. "But for me, I believe nothing will happen, so I told him I will come. Everybody is tired with Yahya Jammeh; I believe he will go."
The manager in the hotel restaurant where Ms Sakho works, Mr Lamine Bojang, said that despite the uncertainty over Gambia's future, the possibility of a war had never crossed his mind. He argued that Mr Jammeh was just "testing the waters" and would give up at the last minute.
"Gambians are very peaceful people," he said. "This is a small country. Imagine if we fight and a thousand people die. There will be no one to govern. Even Jammeh will not like to rule a hundred people."
People stayed glued to radios for news, while many Barrow supporters celebrated openly.
"Nobody can stop me," said Mr Fatou Njie, a Barrow supporter. "It is my right." (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, NYTIMES)
*Photo Caption - Adama Barrow, Gambia's newly elected president.
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Mr Barrow was sworn in as President in exile on Thursday afternoon, in the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal, while incumbent Yahya Jammeh continues to cling on to power. The Security Council resolution invited the formidable west African regional bloc to ensure Mr Barrow’s election victory was respected, but a last-minute amendment urged the use of “political means first”.
Yet minutes after the resolution had passed, Senegalese Colonel Abdou Ndiaye issued a brief statement to news agencies declaring: “We have entered Gambia.”
Mr Barrow’s inauguration ceremony was held in a small conference room at the Dakar embassy, and attended by dignitaries including the President of the Commission from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).
The bloc had threatened to invade The Gambia and forcefully eject Mr Jammeh if he did not step aside peacefully, giving a deadline of midnight on Wednesday. Nigerian gunboats and Senegalese troops assembled on the Gambian border.
Introducing the new President Barrow on Thursday afternoon, an official declared that “after 22 years of a gruelling dictatorship, the Gambian people have opted for change”.
Mr Barrow addressed the audience of delegates, saying: “This is victory of the Gambian nation. Our national flag will now fly high among the other democratic nations of the world.
"This is a day no Gambian will ever forget.
The hastily-arranged ceremony was also an opportunity for the international community to express support for Mr Barrow, their chosen candidate. An Ecowas official said: “The Ecowas Commission, African Union and United Nations congratulate his excellency Adama Barrow, President of the republic of The Gambia, as he is sworn in following his victory at the presidential election on 1 December 2016.
“The Ecowas Commision, AU and UN equally congratulate the people of The Gambia who have demonstrated patience, discipline, maturity and resolve to express their popular will at the election and during the post-election crisis.”
Mr Barrow convincingly won the December election, appearing to bring an end to the more than two decades-long rule of Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994.
Mr Jammeh initially conceded defeat, sparking celebrations across west Africa. But he then changed his mind and said he would not accept the results, saying the election was marred by irregularities.
Botswana announced it no longer recognised Mr Jammeh as The Gambia’s President. It said his refusal to give up power “undermines the ongoing efforts to consolidate democracy and good governance” in The Gambia and in Africa in general.
The streets of Banjul, the Gambian capital, were quiet on Thursday, according to reporters who remained in the city, with few cars and scattered groups of men gathered on roadsides. Shops were closed and petrol was in short supply.
Most tourists and thousands of Gambians have fled the country, including some former cabinet members who resigned in recent days.
Among them were thousands of British holiday-makers, who described a “chaotic” scramble to get on flights out of Africa upon their arrival back in the UK.
Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary, was among the international voices calling for Mr Jammeh to respect the result of the election.
Mr Johnson said: “It is vital that former president Jammeh now stands aside to allow an orderly transition.”
He praised African organisations which are working to ensure “the democratic wishes of the Gambian people will be respected”, stating that the 1 December elections had been free and fair. (ABC)
*Photo Caption - Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow being sworn-in in Senegal