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Yahya Jammeh Finally Accepts The Verdict Of Gambians

The outgoing President of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, Yahya AJJ Jammeh has maintained that his decision to accept his defeat was not dictated by anything else, but by the supreme interest of the people of the Gambia.

Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down
Outgoing President Jammeh

Below is the full text of his statement accepting to step-down.

Bismillahir Rahman Rahim

Alhamdulilahi Rabbil Al Ameen

Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhum

Fellow Gambians

My first pre-occupation as president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces and a patriot, and the most sacred at that is to preserve at every instance and in every circumstance, the lives of Gambians, and that is a duty I hold sacrosanct. I have always strived for peace and security of our nation and Africa.

During this entire time that Allah SWT in His infinite wisdom has permitted me to exercise power, and throughout the time that the sovereign people of the Gambia have put their confidence in me, my primary preoccupation has been to uphold the dignity of our people and the sovereignty of this great nation.

As a result of all the numerous sacrifices that, we and those before us, have made as a nation, The Gambia has affirmed its desire to determine its own future and destiny. This is a cause I have always been ready to defend and even with my life.

All the actions we have taken towards building this nation up to this point distinguished us among the community of nations and given us a pride of place in history.

All this while, as a Muslim and patriot, I believe it is not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed. Since the beginning of this political impasse that our dear nation is going through, I promised before Allah SWT and the entire nation, that all the issues we currently face will be resolved peacefully.

I am indeed thankful to Allah SWT that up until now not even a single casualty has been registered. I believe in the importance of dialogue and in the capacity of Africans to resolve among themselves, all the challenges on the way towards democracy, economic and social development.

It is a result of this that I have decided today, in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation, with infinite gratitude to all Gambians, women, children, youth and men and friends of the Gambia, who have supported me for twenty-two years in the building of a modern Gambia.

I put above all and everything, the independence of the free and proud people of the Gambia and I will always, together with you, defend this independence that we so dearly fought for and won.

My decision today was not dictated by anything else, but by the supreme interest of you, the Gambian people and our dear country, and taking into consideration, my prayer and desire that peace and security continue to reign in the Gambia.

At a time when we are witnessing trouble and chaos in other parts of Africa and the world, the peace and security of the Gambia are our collective heritage, which we must jealously guard and defend.

I proud and honoured to have served our country, The Gambia. While thanking all of you men, women and children, members of the Armed Forces and the security, humble citizens and all those who have supported me or were against me during this period. I implore you to put the supreme interest of our nation, The Gambia above all partisan interest; and endeavour to work together as one nation to continue to preserve the highly cherished achievements of the country, its sovereignty, peace, stability and integrity as well as the economic achievements realised during these years.

I pray that The Gambia, our homeland, continues to be united and prosperous for the welfare of each of us and be the pride of all.

I submit myself only to the judgment of Allah SWT, whose judgment is above and beyond man, time and history. The almighty Allah SWT is the only guarantor of truth and justice.

Finally, I am truly and sincerely proud to have been of service to you and our noble nation.

I wish to thank each and every one of the security forces, members of government and my party militants and most importantly, you the Gambian people, and the national Assembly members, past and present for the confidence vested in me and your loyal support.

I pray that Allah SWT continues to light and guide our path and to shower His mercy and blessings on our great and beautiful country.

Finally, I wish to thank my mother, my wife and children for all their prayers and support.

I thank you all and May Allah SWT continue to bless our motherland.

Assalam Alaikum WA Rahmatullah WA Barakatuhuh.

Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa

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