Gambia’s President Adama Barrow and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo committed themselves to promoting and upholding democracy in Africa’s Sahel region as West African leaders seek to enforce two-term limits for ECOWAS presidents.
Barrow was in Ghana to thank the Gold Coast leader for his role in returning normalcy to the Gambia after former president, Yahya Jammeh refused to cede power.
It was Mr. Akufo-Addo’s first international crisis involvement upon assuming power as Ghana’s president. He defeated President John Mahama, who was one of the ECOWAS mediators hoping to end the political stalemate, peacefully.
Ghana had sent more than 200 troops to join other West African forces to send Jammeh packing, costing more the former British colony nearly half a million dollars.
“The process of democratic consolidation in Africa requires that the region’s standards will support the Gambian people,” Akuffo-Addo said.
The Gambia decision was Ghana’s president first major decision as head of state and a commander-in-chief.
Barrow and Akufo-Addo were elected as opposition leaders in the same period defeating incumbents. Unlike Akuffo-Addo, Barrow did not have a friendly hand over.
Ghana and Gambia face serious energy challenges with frequent power cuts. Barrow and Akufo-Addo promised their citizens that they will resolve the energy crisis they are facing to attract more investments and create jobs.