Just as he has been doing every year, the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, has sponsored over 70 Gambian Muslims from across the country to perform Hajj the fifth pillar of Islam in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia this year.
Speaking at the APRC Political Bureau in Kanifing on Friday where the would-be pilgrims converged for a briefing, the Lord Mayor of Kanifing Municipality, Alhaji Yankuba Colley, who doubles as the APRC National Mobiliser thanked the President for sponsoring Gambian Muslims to perform the Hajj.
He described the gesture as a tradition from the President saying the Gambian leader loves his people. “He wants Gambians to have a better life here and hereafter,” Mayor Colley expressed.
He finally advised them to hold the Gambian flag high in Saudi Arabia and be good ambassadors for the country.
Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, the Speaker of the National Assembly is one of the beneficiaries of the Presidential Hajj package. He show appreciation and thank President Jammeh for selecting him to be amongst the blessed ones to perform this year’s Hajj.
He described President Jammeh as a kindhearted man who only wished good things for his people both on earth and the hereafter. “I am very grateful to be sleected ” he affirmed.
He, therefore, advised his fellow Gambians to represent The Gambia, President Jammeh and the Islamic Ummah well whiles performing the Hajj.
Ida Ndure the Ward Councilor of Tujereng, another beneficiary, was happy to be amongst the delegates blessed by Allah through President Jammeh to perform the fifth pillar of Islam.
Bakary Saibo Sanneh, Chairman of the Brikama Area Council, also thanked President Jammeh for the kind gesture.
Meanwhile, the first flight of would-be pilgrims left the Gambia for Riyadh Saturday night.
by Alieu Ceesay &
Alhagie Babou Jallow