Statement of Solidarity with the People of The Gambia
Faith communities in West Africa condemn the outgoing Gambian President’s rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission. We reject the unconstitutional changes of Government in Africa. However, military intervention to unseat Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh is not an option. Churches in West Africa call for diplomatic and inter-religious dialogue efforts to continue. Religious leaders can help to take a lead role to fast track and secure tangible results in having Mr. Jammeh accepting the verdict of the people in good faith. Mr. Jammeh is aware that it is against the will of the Qur’an to reject the sovereign will of the people of The Gambia.
We stand with the UN Security Council Resolution to ask Outgoing President Jammeh to handover to Mr. Adama Barrow on January 19th, 2017 through a peaceful and orderly transfer of power. We call on Mr. Jammeh to respect the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
Our prayers are with the people of Gambia. We urge all peace loving people of The Gambia to exercise restraint and non – violence actions to preserve stability in their country. We expressed our thanks and commitment to the continuous diplomatic role of the Economic Community of West African States and the International Community to ensure that peace prevails in The Gambia.
In Christ’s mission, with vision,
Rev. Dr. Tolbert Thomas Jallah, Jr.
Secretary – General, FECCIWA