His Excellency President Adama Barrow has Wednesday afternoon received in audience members of the Christian Council at State House in Banjul.
The council led by the Chairman, Bishop Robert Ellison, was at the Presidency to extend Christmas and the New Year greetings on behalf of the entire Christian community, as well as offer prayers for the government and country.
The President in his remarks, commended the council for its stance during the political impasse in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential elections. He described the visit of the council as a vote of confidence in his government while stating that religious leaders have a paramount role to play in upholding peace and unity in the country.
President Barrow acknowledged the various contributions of the Christian community in the development of the country, assuring of his government’s commitment to promote religious tolerance and secularity.
He called for the preservation of the admirable mutual respect, trust and unity among different religious groups.
Bishop Ellison, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the current dispensation, adding that the council is aware of the efforts of the government to cater for the Christian community and the entire country by extension.
He also pleaded with the President to foster stronger unity among the political leaders to play a more productive role in the development of the country.
Chairman Ellison concluded by stating that the Christian community has ever since been an integral part of the development of The Gambia in all facets of development.
He assured the President of the council’s role in promoting social justice, equity and accountable of all.