Liberia’s Sirleaf Accuses Jammeh Of ‘Ruse’

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the BBC that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh played a “ruse” on her by recording a telephone conversation between the two leaders and broadcasting it later on national TV.

During the call Mr Jammeh said he had filed an injunction at the supreme court – which the chief justice today said he would not rule on – and asked West African regional body Ecowas to help supply new judges, saying the only “peaceful resolution of the impasse was through the courts”.

Ms Sirleaf said she would “work on this right away”.

She has now told BBC Focus on Africa radio that Mr Jammeh had been playing a game with her:

  • Unfortunately, being the person that he is, he recorded and televised the conversation without advising me of his intent to do so.”
  • Let me make it very, very clear. There is no change in Ecowas’s position. The constitution of the Gambia must be respected.”
  • My only duty was to take his appeal and pass it on to the mediating team.”
  • At the time he called me I was thinking that he was going to find a way out of this and he was going to be able to work with the team but clearly, clearly it was just a game. It was just a ruse on his part.”

Courtesy of BBC



  1. Of course, jammeh is playing a game and he was trying to deceive Gambian people. He will never succeed. Jammeh is a criminal leader who need to be killed or captured.

  2. Jammeh wants to die like a dog after spending 22 years as Gambian president. He should remember what happened to Samuel Doe of Liberia. There is absolute need for Jammeh to respect himself and the people of Gambia

  3. But how else you expect him to die? I am a Gambia but guess I don’t know Jammeh more than Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Jammeh is unintelligent, mischievious, extortionist and cancerous. From the diagnose in the latter, one can note his jealousy towards good peoples’ persona and image.