President Adama Barrow is German Deportee……..Government spokesperson

By Alhassan Darboe

Ebrima G Sankareh, the spokesperson for the Government of The Gambia has revealed that Adama Barrow, the president of the Republic of The Gambia is a deportee like the backway boys from Germany. Speaking on the Q-TV program, viewpoint Sankareh Said: “The immigration issue. This question for me is a very passionate issue. It is very emotional. I have my own son deported from America. President Adama Barrow, the president of The Republic of The Gambia is a deportee from Germany, today he is the president of the Republic of The Gambia.” Sankareh further called on journalists to be careful about the vocabulary they use when reporting news because it could be dangerous and lead to irrelevant sentiments.

Mr. Sankareh said he had a former roommate in the United States, who was deported from the US to The Gambia. He says some of the people he knew and had been deported have even regretted coming to the United States.

He says the US deportee that he knew are doing pretty well in The Gambia. He called on the back way boys deportees to keep the faith and know that they can equally make it here in The Gambia.

Sankareh also talks about writing over three hundred (300) affidavits in support of asylum seekers in the United States and elsewhere around the world, while heading his Gambia Echo Online Newspaper, during dictator Jammeh’s rule. He says none of of the people he vouched on their behalf for asylums to be granted, were rejected.

The former Gambia Echo Editor says Gambia’s Immigration system under Jammeh’s rule, was a broken one. He recalled meeting non-Gambians possessing Gambian passports and were applying for legal residency in the West, in the name of The Gambia. He says he had never supported such folks to secure fraudulent legal residency in the West. He adds that some of the deportees are not necessarily Gambians per say.

Also speaking earlier, Ebrima Sillah the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure empathized with the situation the so-called backway boys have found themselves in after sacrificing their lives, personal wealth and extended family to make it to Europe. “Yes, we have seen a group of young Gambians, especially in the last three weeks being deported from Germany. There are lots of rumors on social media that The Gambia government is aiding and abetting their deportation, but I want to make it categorically clear that the government is not aware of, and, no is it aiding and abetting their deportation.”

Sillah also revealed that the government of The Gambia is currently engaging the countries concerned in Europe to fix the deportation issue. “When it came to our knowledge, we were not happy to see them deported after everything they went through, as a responsible government we engaged these European countries to train and start re-integrating them in their countries and providing them with the necessary support. ‘’

The Gambia government is under fire for accepting the deportation of her citizens when most West African countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal seem to avoid having their backway migrants deported for now. Most blame the new government of Adama Barrow for indifference to the plight of the children of poor farmers while sending his son to a private school in America.

Also contributing to the report, was an editorial staff of the Freedom Newspaper. 

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