Nigeria and Gambia are set on a renewed pathway to deepen bilateral relations. This was disclosed when the Gambian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr.MamadouTangara, and Defence Minister, Mr. Sheikh Omar Faye visited the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, in Abuja.
The Gambian delegation led by the Ministers was on a ‘Thank You’ visit for the numerous assistance Nigeria continues to render to Gambia and for the role Nigeria plays in strengthening good governance in the Gambia and the entire sub-region.
The delegation also paid glowing tributes to the exploits of Nigerians in the development of the Gambia, especially in the country’s Judiciary and Armed Forces.
In the light of this, the delegation informed the Nigerian Ministers of the Gambian President’s decision to post-humously honour Late Gen. Abubakar Dada who contributed in the formation of the Gambian Armed Forces.
Addressing the gathering, Dr.MamadouTangara noted that, “We have been able to build our judiciary which would not have been possible without the support of Nigeria. We cannot also talk about our Armed Forces in the Gambia without mentioning Nigeria.”
In his response, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama stated that, “Your visit here will give us the opportunity to review the relationship between our two countries and also to identify areas where we can improve things and develop a roadmap going forward. There is so much we can do and that is what the strengthening of the relations is all about.”
Nigeria and the Gambia have enjoyed long-standing codial bilateral relations over the years. Nigeria was particularly instrumental in negotiating a peaceful end to the political impasse in the Gambia after the 2016 elections which brought in President Adama Barrow and has made enormous contributions to peace and reforms in the Gambia