The wife of the Speaker of the National Assembly said Gambians must vote for President Yahya Jammeh as a thank you for buying at least 70 families rams to celebrate the Eid-ul-Adha. Mai Jarju-Bojang said the donation was “heartwarming” and praised Jammeh for his “unparalleled and groundbreaking development initiatives.”
President Yahya Jammeh has given D10,000 to the to families of 70 of his party supporters who he sponsored to perform the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Former Kombo North parliamentarian and now Deputy Governor of West Coast Region Musa Suso thanked President Jammeh and urged those receiving the donation to remain loyal to The Gambian leader.
Suso promised a landslide for Jammeh in the country’s forthcoming elections, in which the former military ruler is seeking a fifth mandate.
Opponents say the sponsorship package is given to poor Muslim nations from the Saudi government, but has been used by Mr Jammeh to politically polish his image as a generous leader in the West African nation with a majority Muslim population.
Jammeh, 50, has declared The Gambia an Islamic republic and has recently vowed to enforce the Holy Qur’an as the constitution of the country on the guidance and support controversial televangelist preacher Dr Zakir Naik.