The Khalipha called on everyone, including coalition members, to be truthful and to realise that there cannot be an easy fix for all the challenges that The Gambia faces because of the difficult circumstances that the government inherited. He called for peaceful co-existence, unity and solidarity for the nation to succeed.
Sereign Mbaye Sy reiterated the religious bond between The Gambia and Senegal and their people, and thanked everyone for the hospitality accorded to his delegation.
For his part, President Barrow expressed gratitude for the good advice and prayers that he received from the Khalipha. He took the opportunity to express condolences to the Sy family for the loss of the last Khalipha General, Serign Abdoul Aziz Sy Al Amin and other members of the family.
President Barrow reassured the Khalipha of the continued peaceful co-existence between the two countries and their people. He said he and President Sall would be committed to the continuous strengthening of bilateral ties. The Gambian leader urged all to continue to “pray for peace and respect for our religious leaders, as no one person can have everything.” He said responsibilities have to be shared, and he commended Ambassador Salieu Ndiaye of Senegal, who accompanied the delegation to State House, for his tireless efforts to strengthen bilateral relations.
Also accompanying the Khalipha were Imam Ratib, Cherno Alieu Mass Kah, leader of the Tivaouane in Banjul , Imam Tafsir Gaye, and representatives of Ahlou Tivaaoune and family of Mam Ousman Jeng, initiator of the annual Gamo of the Tijanniya disciples (Talibehs) in Banjul.