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Pilgrims will not return money donated by Barrow’s anonymous friends
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Pilgrims will not return money donated by Barrow’s anonymous friends

Gambian pilgrims will not return any of the 870,000 Saudi Riyal donated by anonymous Saudi philanthropists, who are said to be friends of President Adama Barrow. 

The money has already been spent, according to them.

One of the pilgrims took to Facebook to thank the Gambian leader and his Arab friends for the donation.

“May Allah grant President Barrow good health and long life” he said in a live video that is currently making the rounds on social media.

The calls to return the money were prompted after the government spokesperson; Ebrima G Sankareh revealed they will not disclose the names of the Arab philanthropists.

According to him, the money was presented to The Gambia’s Saudi ambassador, Omar Gibril Sallah for onward transmission to Barrow.

Sankareh added that "once President Barrow received news of the good gesture, he immediately instructed Ambassador Sallah to work with members of The Gambia Hajj Commission and the President’s Religious Adviser, Hon. Dembo Bojang, to fairly disburse the entire funds among all Gambian pilgrims without delay."

Facebook user, Ballo Saidykhan argued. "It shouldn't be the duty of a president to donate cash to citizens but pay to the national treasury of any donated cash to the Gambian people."

For opposition politician, MC Cham Jr.: "We need answers as to who these anonymous philanthropists are if the New Gambia is a real democratic state.

"We don't want you to accept donations without telling us where they come from? Philanthropists must not hide in a democratic state. It is time to reveal them.”

The Gambian pilgrims are expected back home next week.

 

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