Buhari phones Gambia’s president-elect, says democracy now rooted in Africa

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has called the President-elect of Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu stated that during the conversation that ensued between the two leaders, Buhari expressed his delight that democratic ideals have taken root in Africa.

In the statement issued in Abuja, on Monday, Shehu said the telephone conversation took place shortly before President Buhari left Abuja for Dakar, Senegal, to attend the 3rd International Forum on Peace and Security.

The statement quoted the president as saying that “Gambia has also become a role model for Africa and the world at large.’’

According to Shehu , Buhari urged Barrow to ensure that the transition process is also as smooth as the electoral process and carry everyone along in his task of taking the Gambia to a new level.

“The President also expressed his admiration at the existing rapport between the President-elect and other contestants especially the current President, who lost the election.

“President Buhari has again congratulated the President-elect of Gambia, Mr Adama Barrrow on his electoral victory,’’ the statement added.

The President also saluted the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the out-going President of the country, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat.


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