Jonathan hails national dialogue when drafting new constitution

Dec 21, 2020, 1:00 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Former Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has admitted that as a former statesman it is good for any country when looking to ‘your constitution to set up national dialogue’.

The Nigerian statesman, who arrived in the country last Thursday tooffer support to The Gambia’s ongoing constitutional review processand facilitate stakeholder’s efforts to forging a workable national consensus,was speaking to journalists during a courtesy call on The Gambian leader, Adama Barrow at Mankamang Kunda in Upper River Region.

“Normally, I’ve been a president before and it is good for any country when you looking to your constitution to setup a national dialogue. Somehow when I was in office (president) in 2014, I also setup a national dialogue to look into certain areas to reshape the country. Every country does that from time-to-time and The Gambia is unique.”

He explained further;“ I came in The Gambia this time around to work with international ideas at the instance of the president and stakeholders. It is not the president bringing us but the president consulted with other stakeholders and asked us to come and have a conversation about the new constitution.”

According to a press statement signed by Goodluck Jonathan special adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former President who was invited by the President of Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow, is expected to deploy his experience and goodwill as a well-respected international statesman towards advancing the constitutional review process and enhancing the progress of the continuing national dialogue, in line with the expectations of Gambians.

The former Nigerian president indicated that they know the kind of setting The Gambia has before, saying this is major transition, which he said, has to be managed in a way that young people who are coming will be in a position to manage the country better.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Gambian transition involves the drafting of a new constitution that has to be passed by the National Assembly before being submitted to a national referendum.

“So we are here to offer some technical assistance in one way or the other. Accidentally the president is out of Banjul touring the country and we thought it is necessary to come and pay a courtesy call before we start meeting with actors and other key stakeholders” 

However, Dr.Goodluck Jonathan couldn’t hide his love for the Smiling Coast, saying the other reason for coming to The Gambia is because of the love he has for the country since his secondary school.

“I was a good geography student and whenever we read about The Gambia and Senegal, it was always an interesting geography then. So since then I’ve an interest in The Gambia.”

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Court v2
Prosecution, defence argue over granting of bail
Apr 27, 2021, 12:59 PM

Prosecutor Sub-Inspector Jammeh and Defence Counsel Dibba recently argued bitterly before Magistrate Colley of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court over the granting of bail to one Babucarr Nyang, who was charged with obtaining money by false pretence.

Yankuba Darboe v2
WATAF new chair grateful to ECOWAS
Nov 12, 2020, 11:46 AM

The newly elected chairperson of the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF), said he’s grateful to ECOWAS Member States for the trust and confidence bestowed on him to lead WATAF in the next two years.

Dr Tangara v2
Foreign Minister signs condolence Book in honour of ex-French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing
Dec 10, 2020, 11:29 AM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, on Tuesday 8tDecember 2020 penned a message in the Condolence Book opened at the Diplomatic Residence of the Republic of France to Banjul.

Dr Ceesay
Dr. Ceesay urges govt to ease restrictions, allow Eid-prayers
May 22, 2020, 12:01 PM

As the country prepares ahead of this month’s Eid festival this weekend, political scientist Dr. Ismaila Ceesay has called on the government to relax some coronavirus restrictions and allow congregational Eid prayers to take place in the country under strict observance of curbs necessary to avoid contractions.