President Adama Barrow, has praised Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for the crucial role she played in helping the Gambia to settle its month long political impasse, which gave birth to Barrow’s presidency.  Addressing a sizable crowd of Gambians in Liberia, during his visit to the West African nation, Mr. Barrow said thanks to president Sirleaf, the Gambia, and her people could end decades of slavery, lawlessness, impunity, and political bondage under Jammeh’s misrule. He thanked president Sirleaf for coming to Gambia’s aid in times of need. Mr. Barrow noted that his administration is appreciative of  president Sirleaf’s timely intervention in restoring democracy and verdict of the people in the Gambia. 

“Thanks to president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and ECOWAS, today, we are a free country. We are a free people. The Gambia is free from dictatorship. Her intervention led to the end of dictatorship in the Gambia. We are a free country now. The credit largely goes to the Liberian president and ECOWAS in particular. She has visited the Gambia on numerous occasions to call on Jammeh to step down.  Thank you president Sirleaf for standing by the Gambia. We are very grateful for her immense contribution in the restoration of democracy in our country,” president Barrow remarked, while being applauded by the Gambian community in Liberia.

Speaking in the Mandinka dialect, Mr. Barrow used the occasion to thank the Gambian community for according him such a rousing welcome and reception. He promised to exceed the expectations of Gambians during his stint in office.

“If I was not invited by the Gambians in Liberia, to meet with them, then I should ask myself what have I done wrong. Thanks to you people, I am in office; Gambians voted for me. I am exceedingly delighted for the reception accorded to me and my delegation,” Barrow remarked.

President Barrow is heading out to Ghana, after his Liberian trip. He had talks with the Liberian president during his trip.

WRITTEN BY PA NDERRY M’BAI

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