The Spokesperson of The Gambia Government, Ebrima Sankareh has said that the former President Yahya Jammeh will not escort his mother’s corpse or attend her burial.
The demise of Aja Asombi Bojang, mother of the former President Yahya Jammeh was received with sympathy by Gambians regardless of political, religious and tribal affiliation.
President Barrow has officially sent condolences while a high power delegation led by the country’s Vice President, Ousainou Darboe with some state ministers went to pay respect to the former President’s family.
Despite former President Yahya Jammeh’s denial for Gambias who died in exile to be buried in The Gambia, the corpse of his own mother was allowed to return for a befitting burial at her home village.
“The mother of the former president is a Gambian citizen who was born in the Gambia and it is her wish to be buried here,” Spokesperson Sankareh told The Fatu Network.
However, the Government issued press releases on the demise of the former President’s mother but did not state whether the former president would escort the corpse to The Gambia.
Sankareh added: “The former President will not be coming to the burial. He has no plans to attend it. The government is not aware of any plans of him coming to The Gambia.”
The Government Spokesperson said the corpse will be escorted by Equatorial Guinea Government officials but could not ascertain whether a relative of the former President will be part of the delegation.
“Maybe a relative of the former president in Equatorial Guinea will also escort the corpse,” he said.
Sankareh commended the authorities of Equatorial Guinea for making arrangements to send the body over to The Gambia.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson has emphasized that the decision of bringing the corpse of the former president’s mother was entirely taken by The Gambia Government.