President Adama Barrow says dictator Yahya Jammeh is free to return to The Gambia as a private citizen. He says Jammeh would be accorded the respect he deserves as a former President. He was speaking to his supporters in the Fonis, where Jammeh was born and raised.
Barrow has ruled out the possibilities of Jammeh becoming a President in The Gambia again. He pointed out that Jammeh wouldn’t serve as Gambia’s President for the rest of his life.
Political analysts believed that Barrow is courting Jammeh’s APRC base in his quest to consolidate himself in power. He was recently a welcoming greet by the APRC interim leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta at the end of his meet the farmers tour. Jatta was accompanied by other APRC leaders.
Barrow’s remarks have been greeted with mixed reactions. Jammeh’s victims are calling for Jammeh’s arrest and prosecution. Some are worried about their own safety, given Jammeh’s past appalling human rights record.
Jammeh is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. He left the country three years ago.