Gambia’s President Adama Barrow spoke last week with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari after his medical scare that kept him in London for weeks, senior official say.
President Barrow prayed for President Buhari’s speedy recovery and had received advice from Buhari, who played a leading role in having him sworn-in as the president of the peanut exporting nation.
Buhari returned to Nigeria on March 10 after receiving a blood transfusion. His Vice President Yemi Osinbajo continue in his role as acting president.
Before the medical scare, Mr. Buhari had visited the Gambia numerously to end the political standoff sparked by ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to cede power.
The ECOWAS intervention, which was heavily supported by Nigeria prevented a civil war in the country. Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea, ending the crisis in January.
To secure the peace in the Gambia and prevent a crisis that may have adverse security consequences for Western Africa, Buhari had been traveling to The Gambia in ailing conditions.