Jul 6, 2009, 5:03 AM
delegation from the African Bar Association in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday arrived
in The Gambia to meet with the outgoing and incoming president, as well as
other political leaders in the country.
The delegation comprises the president of the association, Hannibal E. Uwaifo; vice president in charge of budget and finance, Ibbrahim Eddy Mark; chairman of Gambian forum, Uzoma Achigbue, and chairman’s nominee, Tonny Mendy, among others.
They are to meet with outgoing president Yahya Jammeh and president-elect Adama Barrow, the civil society organisations, including the Gambia Bar Association, to discuss with them to find a solution to the political crisis in the country.
Speaking at a reception held at the Swiss Stavern Beach Bar and Restaurant in Kololi, Uzoma Achigbue, chairman of the Gambian forum, said the expectation is that their visit and solidarity will open a distance of opportunities for the Gambians, in general, and the Gambian lawyers, in particular.
He expressed gratitude and appreciation to the president of the African Bar Association and his delegation for deeming it fit to visit The Gambia, at a time that the political situation of the country needs attention.
“The current political situation in The Gambia is something of concern to West Africa, and that is why the African Bar Association decided to come to advise the Gambian people to find solution to maintain peace,” Mr Achigbue said.
President of African Bar Association, Hannibal Uwaifo, said the primary essence of their trip is to call for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in The Gambia.
“We come purposely to meet President Jammeh and president-elect Adama Barrow, to advise them to find a solution to maintain peace,” he said.