A prominent Gambian human rights activist based in the United Kingdom has warned that it would be a disaster for The Gambia if President Adama Barrow is elected for a second mandate in 2021. Mr. Abdoulie Jobe made the remark on Sunday during an interview with Freedom Radio Gambia’s prime time Leral show. Jobe, who spoke from his sickbed maintains that it would be a disaster for an accidental President like Barrow to be availed a second term mandate. “It would be a disaster. Barrow should go. He should either be persuaded to leave, or Gambians must come out in their thousands like they did for Yahya Jammeh and vote him out. He cannot be there for another five years; that should be too much. It will be a disaster, we will lack behind like we do now; we wouldn’t have a vision; we wouldn’t have a leadership that is setting; no, no; it would be a disaster,” Jobe remarked.
Jobe is not happy with the way Barrow is handling the affairs of the impoverished West African nation. Barrow, he said, is an inept leader, who is not even capable of running a bakery, talk less a state. He brands Barrow as a liability to The Gambia, and a total disservice.
“He doesn’t appear to have vision. He doesn’t appear to have foresight. He doesn’t appear to have wisdom. He doesn’t appear to have the wherewithal to run a bakery, never mind a country. He is incapable of running a country, who is incapable of running a business, who is incapable of running an establishment of any kind, never mind the size of a nation,” Jobe posits.
“I am saying that Barrow is wrong person for The Gambia. We all know how it happened; he is an accidental President. Anybody could have won against Yahya Jammeh. He won against Yahya Jammeh, not because people voted for him, but because they voted against Yahya Jammeh, which produce him; that is the accident I am talking about here,” he added.
Jobe has also criticized Barrow for his poor handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. He has called on The Gambian officials not to use the Corona funds for their own personal aggrandizement. Jobe said any responsible government would use the funds for what it is meant for and not otherwise.