A former Gambian Army General and close aide to dictator Yahya Jammeh, Saul Badjie, has sworn to the Holly Quran and vehemently rebuffed claims made by what he calls “his detractors” who had accused him of conspiring with the December 30th coupists to topple dictator Jammeh’s former rule, FREEDOM NEWSPAPER CAN REPORT. Badjie, is on exile in Equatorial Guinea with Jammeh. He began his social media rants by performing an abolition and then prayed to God to help judge between him and his detractors, some of whom he accused of soiling his reputation both within and outside the country. Badjie could be seen praying in a Whatsapp video.
Badjie said so many stories had been circulated about him since his departure from The Gambia. He added that his alleged involvement in the failed December 3oth coup was among the allegations that were brought against.
“The reason why I perform abolition and pray on this first Friday of the Holly month of Ramadan, with the Holly Quran on my hand, I want to swear to God that the allegations that they have made against me, that I was part of the December 3oth coup, was not only false, but misleading. What I am holding is the Holly Quran. I have never conspired with anyone to topple Yahya Jammeh’s government,” General Badjie remarked in the local Mandinka dialect.
Badjie said the only coup, that he had ever participated was the July 22nd, 1994. That was coup that brought Jammeh to power and sent the 30 years PPP rule out of power. Badjie has called on God to punish him, if he is lying on his sacred oath.
“I am wishing Ramadan Karim to all Gambians, both at home and abroad, including non-Gambians. I am also seeking forgiveness to anyone that I wronged while I was a leader in The Gambia. Leading is not easy. I might have wronged some people without knowing it, if that is the case, I am seeking everyone’s forgiveness,” a desperate and depressed looking General Badjie remarked.
Badjie has even went as far as calling on the people he had wronged in the past to please call him so that he could personally apologize to them on the phone. He added that he is open to dialogue and reconciliation.
Badjie has also denied selling out to the opposition by allegedly helping them to rig the 2016 elections against Jammeh. The denial followed accusations made by Badjie’s perceived detractor one Omar Sanneh, “AKA Batoulie,” who is currently in hiding in Casamance amid reports that he had jumped police bail after been accused of circulating hate speech on WhatsApp.
Sanneh is a native of Foni Arankon and also a former cook in the defunct Gambia National Army, now renamed as The Gambia Armed Forces.
“If it is true that I conspired with the opposition to rig the past elections, may God punish me; may God destroy me. I have never conspired with any opposition to rig the past polls. I am also summoning anyone, who is falsely accusing me of selling out to the opposition for God to judge between me and him,” Badjie remarked.
“The same person has also alleged that I stole Yahya Jammeh’s trouser to give it to the opposition so that they could take it to a marabout for Jammeh to lose the election. That’s not true. I have never taken Jammeh’s handkerchief or any property. I am swearing to God that if I am lying, may God punish me hear after and right here on planet earth. I am summoning the person(s), falsely accusing me, of coup plot against Jammeh, election rigging, and stealing to God. May God judge between me and him. If the person is God fearing, let him also hold the Quran and take an oath,” he said.
Badjie has also denied stealing millions from the Central Bank of The Gambia. He said the allegations coming from the Janneh Commission were false and unfounded.
“ I heard them saying that I took some money from the Central Bank. That I stole money for Yahya Jammeh at the Central Bank. The allegations are false. If I am lying, may God punish me. How can I steal taxpayers’ funds? That is not true. I also heard them saying that I stole Yahya Jammeh’s vehicles and took them to Dakar. All these allegations are false,” Badjie remarked.
Badjie says he will soon be back home.
It appears that Badjie’s relationship with Jammeh had been strained. He had to go public on social media to reassure his former boss.
It should be noted that Badjie was reacting to Omar Sanneh’s past allegations against him.