PRESIDENT BARROW AND THE FIRST-PERSON SINGULAR PRONOUN “I”
It perplexes me that President Barrow continues to use the first-person singular pronoun “I” when explaining events, happenings, and activities that in his mind brought about the change. Barrow lays great emphasis on what he has done or contributed as an individual, to the change that happened on December 2, 2016 as if his individual contribution has a larger coefficient than all the other variables in the change equation. Should we remind Mr. President that this change had a 22-year gestation period that consumed lives, incapacitated people, ravaged families, caged citizens, bankrupted others, and exiled a lot of our people? Your TRRC and other Commissions bear witness to these assertions.
Brandishing your individual efforts and contributions as the architect or catalyst of the change amounts to diminution of the other monumental variables, and portrays Mr. President as being boastful and claiming major shareholder status in this public entity called The New Gambia. That is the last thing to be expected from you Mr. President because for almost three years in our new dispensation we shouldn’t be arguing about who did what and whose efforts, actions and contributions carried more weight.
That is history, and I believe our historians will pen that in our history books for future generations. What we need to hear from you is your government’s policies and progress towards food self-sufficiency, education, healthcare, employment creation, youth empowerment and the reforms of our institutions so they can be efficient, viable, sustainable, and most importantly serve the interest of the citizenry instead of serving the chief citizen.
Finally, if my understanding of basic arithmetic is anything to go by, I+I+I+I=WE. It’s about time you drift away from the first-person singular pronoun “I” and gravitate towards the first-person plural pronoun “WE” to make the gambian people believe that collective efforts and contributions made the change. This change CAME TO and NOT FROM Barrow.
Written By Dibba Chaku
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