Intellectualism implies the preference for reason and logic over emotions when we engage in high-level thinking and discourse. This holds that knowledge, gained through rigorous research, is the only actual driver of human behavior and interactions. Historically, evidence abound suggest that developed societies succeeded as a result of the fate they put in reason to create a political and social consciousness which to a large extent positively changed the mindset of people and aligned them to the requirements of their time.
Dr Ceesay’s Observation that President Barrow lacks the intellectual disposition and the New Gambia is slowly being transformed into a cauldron of rumors, lies, betrayal, treachery, tribalism and corruption generated a lot of response from many Gambians based on emotions rather than reason. Perhaps, their analytical lenses were broken or obvious disregard for truth.
Well, the political trajectory of the Gambia today reflects the heights of Ceesay’s indelible analysis. Betrayal & treachery becomes the order of the day; the manpower of the coalition has disintegrated (Barrow falls out with his cronies) and fast developing huge appetite for political power.
The colorful Transition Agenda, which attracted many to support the coalition, is now prematurely aborted. The lack of a clear direction compounded by sporadic civil and human rights violations has triggered a feeling amongst Gambians that Barrow has lost the relevance and go-ahead to oversee a successful transition.
With Barrow purportedly using Jammeh’s play book and Jokers, the road from mal-governance and dictatorship to a consolidated democracy will be fraught with a sense hopelessness.
Buba Sanna Njie.
Political Science Student.
University of The Gambia.