Why Buhari Attended Barrow’s Inauguration, Presidency Opens Up

Why Buhari Attended Barrow’s Inauguration, Presidency Opens Up
President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of Adama Barrow on Wednesday
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The Nigerian Presidency has explained that President Muhammadu Buhari attended the inauguration of Adama Barrow, the Gambian President for a second term, in Banjul as a mark of Nigeria’s strong commitment towards the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in The Gambia and the West African sub-region.

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Nigeria supported the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in The Gambia following the refusal of Yahya Jammeh the former leader, to surrender power after losing an election and has remained resolute in ensuring that democracy is sustained in the country.

Shehu said Buhari’s presence in Banjul for the event equally underlined the affinity between Nigeria and The Gambia.

He said the president’s attendance further indicated the value that Nigeria placed on the need to strengthen democratic governance, the rule of law and promotion of fundamental human rights in our sub-region.

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It is a testament to the fact that as West Africans, our destinies are tied together, and that Nigeria will continue to offer necessary support within ECOWAS to ensure that member states adhere to these cherished democratic ideals.

‘At repeated occasions, Nigeria continues to assure The Gambia of assistance through the establishment of strong bilateral economic institutions that will allow the private sectors of the two countries to collaborate in the areas of investment, manufacturing, shipping and air transportation.’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday attended the inauguration of Adama Barrow, the Gambian President for a second term, in Banjul as a mark of Nigeria’s strong commitment towards the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in The Gambia and the West African sub region, the Presidency has said.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as underscoring the significance of his attendance of the second term inauguration of The Gambia President, Adamawa Barrow, in Banjul.

AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK

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