By Ismaila Chafe
President Macky Sall of Senegal has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in The Gambian political crisis which led to the restoration of democracy in the country.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday that the Senegalese leader conveyed his gratitude to Buhari in a letter.
“Thank you again for your support in The Gambia. May Almighty Allah give you greater health and energy to conduct the destiny of Nigeria,’’ Sall said.
The Senegalese president described himself as Buhari’s “younger brother” and prayed that Allah would bestow good health and wisdom on him to lead.
Mr Yahya Jammeh had refused to accept his defeat in an election in December, 2016, and hand over power to Mr Adama Barrow, the winner, as President of The Gambia.
Jammeh’s action ignited a political crisis in the tiny West African country, prompting the sub-region’s leaders, under the inspiration of Buhari, to force him to leave.
He reluctantly quit power and went into exile and Barrow, who had run away from his country to Senegal for safety, returned home to assume office.
Senegal is The Gambia’s closest neighbour that offers it access to the outside world.