While the US government was partially shut down over whether to build a wall between the US and Mexico, the Gambian and Senegalese presidents jointly opened a new bridge linking the countries and the sub-continent. The bridge and the presidents’ brotherly comfort with each other was in stark contrast to the relationship between the two countries when Yahya Jammeh ruled Gambia.
“Our wish is that the bridge stands, from now on, as a symbol of Senegambian unity, friendship, and love. In this context, I am pleased to disclose that the bridge is hereby named: The Senegambia Bridge,” said Gambian President Adama Barrow at the January 21 opening.
“Senegal and Gambia can only have peace. We may be colonized by French and English and therefore speak their languages as our official ones. But our native languages and cultures are ours. The benefits of the bridge are for both peoples, but the bridge belongs to Gambia,” Senegalese President Macky Sall added while acknowledging Gambia’s control of the asset. However, he continued, “Today is a day for Senegambia, not for Senegal or Gambia.”