The leadership role played by big brother, Nigeria, in the political crisis of Gambia in 2016, will go down memory lane.

Nigeria was resourceful in forcing former president Yahya Jammeh out for elected Adama Barrow to be sworn in.

Barrow, now president of Gambia since January 19, 2017, has now come to say ‘thank you’ to Nigeria and president Muhammadu Buhari, one year after assuming office.

On his first visit to Nigeria, Barrow arrived the presidential Villa at about 11:50 a.m and went into a closed-door meeting with Buhari. After that, they had lunch.

Speaking at a news conference jointly addressed by both presidents after bilateral talks in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Barrow commended Buhari for making one statement that changed everything.

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"When we met in Mali, he (Buhari) took a decision as a leader in a closed door meeting, where he made one statement that changed everything.

“He said that if The Gambian President (Yahya Jammeh) wanted to challenge the sub-region, he was welcome. “This was his words and that made a big difference as a leader.

“And that leadership role was very important, not just for The Gambia, but for Africa because the problem was an African problem and the solution was an African solution.

“So we are very grateful and that is why we have come to say thank you.

“There is a saying in my country that if you want to thank a farmer for a good job, you have to visit him at his farm; that is why we are here.’’

The 51-year-old Gambian president ended the rule of the longtime leader of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who is currently on exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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