Looking towards a smooth transition

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Since the result of The Gambia’s December 1 presidential election was announced, messages of congratulations and goodwill have continued to rain down the country and on president-elect Adama Barrow, including commendation for the peacefulness of the electoral process.

Congratulatory messages from countries and personalities like Senegalese president Macky Sall, UN envoy Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the US, the UK, Turkey and regional bodies like ECOWAS, and the AU, have applauded The Gambia for conducting a fair, transparent and peaceful presidential election.

Some have expressed readiness to fully work with president-elect Adama Barrow and his government, to ensure a new Gambia with more development and a brighter future.

Whilst they congratulate outgoing-president Yahya Jammeh for conceding defeat graciously, they also express their willingness to maintain progressive and fruitful relations with The Gambia that will ensure more development for the country.

For instance, the UK foreign secretary congratulated Adama Barrow on his victory and President Yahya Jammeh for his “statesmanship in respecting the will of the Gambian people and conceding defeat”.

Put together, we should continue to give God all the praise for having seen our nation through a peaceful and successful election, and we should keep praying for the peace and tranquility in the country to continue uninterruptedly.

All should endeavour to keep the peace and maintain a spirit of nationhood, as The Gambia resonates as a beacon of peace and tranquility the world should learn from.

As we move on into the process of transferring power to the elected president, let’s hope and pray that every bit and piece of that process is conducted smoothly with the full cooperation and understanding of both parties.

“It is essential that all parties work together and ensure an orderly and peaceful transition,” the UK foreign secretary said again, adding that Britain has an enduring relationship with The Gambia, and “we stand ready to assist the work of the new president and his government.”

They say one swallow does not make a summer, but the show of statesmanship exhibited by the outgoing president in conceding defeat, and with readiness to transfer the reins of government to the president-elect, it can be said that all shall be well as we oversee a transition of power to a new authority and dispensation. 

  “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change. .”

Charles Darwin