President Buhari mourns former Gambian leader, Jawara

Timothy Choji, Abuja 

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Nigeria has condoled with the government and people of Gambia over the death of that country’s former President, Dawda Jawara.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesona said:

On behalf of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians in general, President Muhammadu Buhari sends condolences to the government and People of Gambia over the passing of former president, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara.

“The President commiserates with family members, friends and political associates of the great leader who served as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1970, and first President of the Gambia from 1970 to 1994.

“President Buhari affirms that Sir Jawara’s visionary and courageous leadership saw the country gaining its independence in 1965, and later turned into a Republic in 1970.

“The President believes as a lawmaker, prime minister and president, the Gambian leader set the political and economic foundation for the country’s rise, urging upcoming leaders in the country to always remember the personal sacrifice and contributions of Sir Jawara to Gambia.”

President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the soul of the former president rest and comfort his family.

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