Nige­ria of­fers refuge to stub­born Gam­bian

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATIONAL & WORLD -

Nige­rian leg­is­la­tors voted Thurs­day to of­fer asy­lum to Gam­bia’s long­time leader, who is re­fus­ing to cede power af­ter los­ing elec­tions.

Leg­is­la­tors con­firmed the vote in fa­vor of au­tho­riz­ing Nige­ria’s leader to of­fer haven to Pres­i­dent Yahya Jam­meh.

The of­fer would “strengthen the hand” of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in ne­go­ti­at­ing with Jam­meh, said Sani Zoro Mo­hammed, the leg­is­la­tor who spon­sored the mo­tion.

Jam­meh took power in a coup in 1994 and is ac­cused of gross rights vi­o­la­tions.

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