Buhari congratulates Gambian president-elect, hails Jammeh

adama-barrowPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, on his victory in the just concluded presidential election.

The poll which altered the political calculations in the tiny West African nation held on December 1.

The incumbent President Yahaya Jameh who was defeated at the poll had held on to power for an unbroken 22 years in the Gambia.

He had conceded defeat to Barrow, a relatively unknown politician in the country.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari saluted the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the out-going President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat.

Buhari said that such uncommon gesture was crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.

While expressing delight at the gallantry shown by Jammeh, he enjoined president-elect Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.

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The Nigerian leader also commended Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic rights to freely choose their leader.

He called on all stakeholders to maintain the peace.

Buhari said he looked forward to a smooth transition of power and working with the incoming President of The Gambia to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.