Nigeria’s Big Brother Role in the Gambian Political Crisis (2016-2017)

Babani U. Mashio, Nurettin Can


The Nigerian nation, whose foreign policy is principally tailored to reflect her commitment to the well-being of all  countries in the continent; mainly in the areas of peaceful coexistence, avoidance of violent conflicts - at intra-national and international levels - rebuilding of peace where necessary; and peace keeping of all over the world.

Nigeria pioneered ECOWAS to manage and “restore democracy” in The Gambia by using the threat of force, but without any use of direct physical violence. Following the disputed December 2016 presidential elections in the country, Both the African Union and the United Nations Security Council backed ECOWAS, which also gave ECOWAS legitimacy, for what was basically ECOWAS’s strategy, and indeed an African solution to African problems. Nigeria made a credible pledge to the regional interference. While the interference was a victory for pro-democratic activist regionalism, the specific West African situations make a diffusion of the model to other parts of Africa.

In this paper, we shall analysis respectively, the General Overview, The Gambian Geography and Jammeh’s Personality, ECOWAS Intervention, Nigeria’s Big Brother Role, Nigeria’s Intervention in The Gambia.


Intervention, ECOWAS, Gambia, Nigeria, Crisis

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