EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Earlier on Thursday, President Adama Barrow signed the Condolence Book in memory, gratitude, and recognition of Gambia’s first President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s lifelong sacrifice for the good of the country.
“The demise of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara is another reminder that all things must come to an end. Our creator took his gentle soul amongst his family and loved ones in his homeland – a country he believed in, dedicated his life to, and served with humility and honesty,” Barrow said after signing the book.
Former president Jawara died on Tuesday at his Fajara residence in Bakau, at age 95. He serve The Gambia as Prime Minister and as president from independence in 1965 to July 1994, when he was ousted by a group of young soldiers lead by then army captain Yahya Jammeh.
President Barrow said since the birth of the Nation in 1965, Sir Dawda committed to bringing Gambians together, urging Gambians to unite and work for the development of our nation. “His legacy – love for peace, tolerance, championing democracy and human rights – is a legacy Gambians deserve. We appreciate his service to humanity and pray that paradise be his abode. Sir Dawda, rest in eternal peace.”
The book will remain open at the National Assembly building until Monday, 2nd September 2019.