Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has returned to the West African nation after being away for two weeks for the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Barrow was airlifted by the Muslim Kingdom and it is his second visit since coming to power in January. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and Barrow is a devout Muslim.
He returns facing flooding crisis in some parts of the country. Heavy rains hit parts of suburbs outside Banjul and the Island of Janjangbureh.
At least five people have died and 8,000 people displaced. They are in need of urgent relief, especially in the central Gambia city of Kuntaur.
President Adama Barrow also engaged in diplomatic talks while in Saudi Arabia. Barrow met with Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and Comoros President Azali Assoumani.
Saudi King Salman hosted President Barrow and other Muslim leaders on Hajj to a royal lunch at the Mina Palace, where they discussed unity between Muslim nation and strengthening of ties between Saudi and The Gambia.
At least 1,4200 Gambians performed the Hajj this year but faced challenges, which the country’s Hajj Commissioner, Ousman Jah told Mr. Barrow they would like to avert.
Barrow was welcomed by thousands of supporters, who raced around his vehicle and accompanied him to his office in Fajara, where addressed them briefly.