Gambia: Yaya Jammeh : African continent’s troubled giant


I was baffled by reports that Yaya Jammeh is contemplating on going on a nationwide tour. We do not want to hear your constant anger outburst with your narcissistic personality, your unreasonable pie-in-the-sky goals or bunching up into your odd expressions that stand-up comics from Senegal love to imitate.  You forcing yourself on our citizens and instruct your security forces to brutally cracked down on protests along Kairaba Avenue, have borne little fruit to stop the critical revolution in our nation’s history. If you decide to come out and face the Gambians, all what we want to hear from you is a public commitment to leave office asap, and allowing the Gambians to express themselves freely without threats or crackdowns on peaceful protest. Gambia is at a critical juncture in its history. Mr. Jammeh has decided to resort to violence, despite appeals from world bodies. This suggest the regime has decided to put an end to what has become the country’s most serious political uprising since 1994, even at the price of more opprobrium from abroad. This sort of piracy we are experiencing today is unprecedented.

The regime is sustained by violence in the name of outlandish ideologies, concentrate on stifling opposition, eliminating checks and balances. Yaya has long threatened to reshape Gambia in his own image, replacing principles of freedom and law — with cynicism and corruption. He use propaganda, stolen state coffers, censorship, the paraa, NIA, Solders, and other information-based tricks to inflate his ratings among Gambians to convince citizens of his superiority over available alternatives. He peddles an amorphous anti-Western resentment while soliciting the west and European Union for development aid. He co-opt potential critics with material rewards and use censorship In harder times. And violence is not just costly — it’s unnecessary. What is the point of immobilizing political rivals with endless court proceedings, interrogations and other legal formalities by wasting the nation’s time and resources? Only in Gambia were police club unarmed protesters. But the good thing is that the violence Gambians see today reveals the regime’s true brutal nature and turns supporters into secrete opponents.

Another thing, lobbying for the dictator should be considered a serious breach of religious ethics. Few leaders condoned and in some instances supported the brutal tactics of the regime by offering prayers without fear of consequence and distract us with arguments of peace. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are acts of terrorism on Gambians. Why does it seem like Gambia is running against a whirlwind who generates passionate intensity among certain people in our society despite all what he does is against the nation’s moral and principles?  Many will lined up in droves to endorse him despite horrific ordeals and eager to prove their loyalty to him, not their country in the hopes that their faithfulness will be remembered and rewarded. What have Yaya Jammeh done to earn such devotion? Did he take extreme risks to defend the rights of Gambians? Did he courageously stand up our sisters sold as domestic slaves in demagoguery communities living in hash conditions? Did he help usher in a new era of hope and prosperity for neighborhoods devastated by backway and the disappearance of businesses caused by his policies?

The regime policies have separated many families. In some cases — some of their militants or so call green men are bent on destabilizing Gambia.  For one thing, their effects are measurable now thanks to our gallant mothers with mbaatu revolution and Gambians coming out video-taping them. All decent people feel sorrow and righteous fury about the latest slaughter of innocents, in hands of the regime. Gambians are searching for motivations, including the vital question of how president governs in such a dictatorial manner. The attention and anger of Gambian should also be directed at the president whose job is to keep us safe. It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can be killed with brutal speed and efficiency.

There is absolutely no doubt that viral videos of political detainees reveal substantive information on repression of Gambians and had helped a great deal in advancing the cause of truth and exposing injustice in Gambia. So what does Yaya do; He slows or blocks Internet access to independent diasporian websites, hiring “trolls”of NIA or pro regime dudes to flood comments pages on Facebook or Twitter with pro-regime spam, and paying hackers to vandalize online media sites. The only thing the regime worry about is information leak which create a sense of insecurity among their militants and constrain their interactions with suspected informers. Senegal should invite our citizens for objective native-language news broadcasts to counter the propaganda and censorship. And because the information-based dictatorships are susceptible to the pressures of modernization and inevitable economic failings, we need our neighbors to play more active role than leave it to their comedians.

Our primary task before us to repair the social fabric of Gambia — the basic respect diverse Gambians have for one another. We all have to feel that warm nationalism — a basic confidence that Gambia would not be watched to go downhill, that confidence is a better guide than anger or talking too little with our pockets. The Gambians who has the audacity to protest for change will have a shot in history at rebinding the civic fabric of our nation. Don’t be left behind. Too much stress has built up along too many fault lines for things to remain as they are.

Written By Habib (A Concerned Gambian)


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