Gambia’s President Adama Barrow said he is not adding the title “doctor” to his name after receiving an honorary Ph.D. in law and human rights from the country’s only public university.
Barrow, 52, who took power after a turbulent transition last year is recognized for restoring democracy and respect for human rights in the country, which has been under the dictatorial rule of the ex-president, Yahya Jammeh.
“The University of the Gambia has tasked me, my government and the people of The Gambia to maintain and keep improving on our Human Rights by honoring me with the Doctor of Laws and Human Rights ( Honoris Causa),” Barrow said.
“Thank you for the recognition. However, I will maintain my name and would like to be simply referred to as Mr. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia.”
Barrow has also declined the use of the title “Alhagie” after returning from the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. He also passed on an award from the African Union to gender activist and Trade minister, Dr. Isatou Touray.
Some fear that President Barrow is mimicking the Jammeh style, fearing that another dictator may be in the making. But Barrow does not seem to be the man who fancies titles and awards.