The general public, at home and abroad, is hereby informed that His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Sheikh Professor Alh. Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh has decided to put a moratorium on executions as a result of the numerous appeals to that effect from Council of Elders, Women's groups as well as Youth groups across the country. Adding to the local appeal were also appeals from the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire who dispatched their Foreign Affairs Minister as special envoys to President Jammeh.
It is hereby made clear that it is only a moratorium on executions and what happens next will be dictated by either declining violent crime rate in which case the moratorium will be indefinite or an increase in violent crime rate in which case the moratorium will be lifted automatically.
We hereby make it very clear that in defending the Constitution and upholding laws of The Gambia, no amount of bad mouthing or pressure can make the President shy away from upholding the OATHS that he has sworn to as President of the Republic of The Gambia.
The Public is hereby enjoined to act by and within the laws at all times to ensure that the peace and tranquility The Gambia is renowned for is preserved. The Gambia is a sovereign nation guided by its Constitution, the provisions of which shall be upheld to the letter and spirit without fear or favour, affection or ill will.
Finally, the general public is reminded that the security of the lives and property of individuals and communities living in the country will not be comprised for whatever reasons.