June 22, 2021

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Nigeria committed to its relations with The Gambia — Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria will continue to support the aspirations and activities of the government and people of The Gambia especially in ways that promote African brotherhood.

By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria will continue to support the aspirations and activities of the government and people of The Gambia especially in ways that promote African brotherhood.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the vice president received at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Special Envoy of President Adama Barrow of The Gambia, Mamadou Tangara.

Tangara is also the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.

The Special Envoy came to deliver a message from The Gambian President to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We strongly remain in support of all of the activities of the government and people of The Gambia and stand with you in all ways.

“The Nigerian government remains committed to its relationship with The Gambia.

“It is a long-standing relationship of brothers of so many years.

“We consider it an important relationship not just within the ECOWAS sub-region but also we consider that as African brothers, we owe a responsibility to ourselves and to the world, to work together for the best purposes and for the best objectives that we have set for ourselves as a people,” he said.

Osinbajo assured that President Buhari would treat President Barrow’s request with all the urgency it deserved.

Speaking, Tangara said that he was in Abuja to solicit Nigeria’s support for his country’s quest to produce the next President of the ECOWAS Commission.

The Special Envoy said Nigeria’s support would be instrumental in actualising his country’s ambition.

He said that The Gambia is committed to serving the commission with dedication and in accordance with the ideals advocated by Nigeria, especially in repositioning the commission for better results.

Appreciating Nigeria’s contributions to the prosperity and progress of The Gambia, Mr Tangara said that his country owed much of its growth in the different sectors to the immense assistance provided by Nigeria.

He acknowledged Nigeria’s support to The Gambia in the areas of the judiciary, military, and education, among others.

Tangara said that if Nigeria was to withdraw its technical support, for instance, “The Gambia’s judiciary will crumble and be in total chaos. We thank Nigeria for all the support.”

The Gambian delegation included the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Mohamadou Njie, while the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, led other officials from the ministry to the meeting.

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