A former Gambian minister has advised defeated President Yahya Jammeh to “peacefully hand over power to the winner of December 1st election and “avoid sliding the country into sixes and sevens.”
“I am advising President Jammeh to swallow his pride and peacefully hand over power to the President-elect Adama Barrow,” said former Agriculture Minister Kanja Sanneh. “I see no reason why President Jammeh must not accept the will of Gambian voters. Let him stick to his December 2nd decision. We were all happy when Jammeh called President-elect and conceded defeat,” said Mr. Sanneh who served in Jammeh’s cabinet.
Mr. Sanneh, a former deputy Gambian Ambassador to France, wants Mr. Jammeh to “desist from creating problem where there is none. He should leave honourably and accept defeat. He cannot turn the clock back on what God had destined. His time is up, so let him hand over power in dignity,” added Mr. Sanneh who lives in Seattle, Washington State.
Mr. Sanneh, a native of Kaif in Kiang East, congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow for his election victory. “I pray that Allah guide him in governing the country. I hope and pray that the Coalition government governs with wisdom. All we want is a government that serves the interest of Gambians, irrespective of their political, religious or tribal differences. May Allah grant Barrow good health and long life.”