Banjul, Gambia - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has called on Muslims and Christians in the country to offer prayers on Friday and Sunday respectively for the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
This was announced in a media statement by The Gambia Government on Thursday, which said it received with deep sorrow news of Chavez’s death.
Chavez, who died on Tuesday, was a long time friend of the Jammeh-led Government of The Gambia.
“The government and people of The Gambia express our deepest sympathy and condolence to the government and people of the Republic of Venezuela during this time of sorrow and grief,” the press statement said.
“The Gambia has not only lost a dear friend but a true fighter for the poor and helpless,” the Gambia government said. “He will therefore be remembered for his love of humanity.”
The Gambian government described the late president Chavez as “an embodiment of the true teachings of Islam as he used to share his wealth with the needy and the weak”.
“Instead of using is country’s wealth to bully people and countries, he used it to transform lives of the ordinary people at home and abroad. This is a proper example of what a real leadership is,” the statement said.