Jonathan commends Gambia's President Jammeh for conceding defeat
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commended Yahya Jammeh, the longtime president of The Gambia, for conceding defeat after losing to Adama Barrow.
Jammeh, who has been frequently accused over the years of suppressing his opponents, conceded defeat on television, accepting that Gambians had “decided that I should take the back seat”.
Gambians took to the streets to celebrate the biggest upset in the nation since Jammeh seized power in a 1994 coup.
Reacting to Jammeh's concession, Mr. Jonathan in a statement on his Facebook page, said "It is my hope that his legacy of advancing the progress of The Gambia in all fronts over the years will be remembered and appreciated by all."
Below is his full statement:
"I commend President Yahya Jammeh for conceding to Mr. Adama Barrow, who won majority votes during Gambia's Presidential election. This is an exemplary conduct which is worthy of emulation and Africa is very proud of Mr. Jammeh. In the eyes of many, myself included, he stands taller today than at any other time during his twenty two years in office. It is my hope that his legacy of advancing the progress of The Gambia in all fronts over the years will be remembered and appreciated by all. GEJ."