A Clarion Call To Gambian Youths


To FREE the GAMBIA. Only Gambian youths on the ground can do it

In any country around the world, it is the Youths that persistently demand for JUSTICE, EQUALITY and DEMOCRACY. The Gambia is no exception to this rule. Gambian youths should now worry about the future, your life and your dignity.

Sure enough, the elderly parents can offer you ideas, advice and guidance but cannot go and march in the streets of the Gambia to demand change for you the young generation of Gambians.  Only youths can do that for themselves.

The elderly don’t have the strength and energy to physically go in the streets to fight for you while you sit back and wait in the house NEY! Therefore your future is your hands. It will be what you want it to be.

Yaya Jammeh and his government are holding you hostage for the past 21 years. He has only one objective, to remain in power and maintain the status quo for as long as you allowed him. Most of those benefitting from the exploitative regime are not worried about high tuition fees, high medical bills and decent food on their tables. Most of them are not worried about future job placements for their educated and non-educated children. Priority belongs to them.

It is you the thousands of poor Gambian youths whom your aging parents struggle so hard for your up bringing and pay your tuition fees that have to worry about your future wellbeing in a nepotistic and despotic regime you are living in today.

It is you the poor Gambian youths whose ordinary parents are not connected within government circles that should worry about future job placements and helping your aging parents. No one will fight your struggle for you.

Those that are governing you today are those that eat and mismanage your poor parents taxes. They are the APRC politicians the selfish ministers and unpatriotic technocrats in power that help Yaya Jammeh continue to mortgage your lives and future. They will never relinquish power or position for fear of loosing what they and families dishonestly enjoy today on your backs unless forced to so. They will always try to discourage you from demand for CHANGE, they will try to penetrate and divide you; they will try to entice you with chicken change money and empty promises. If all the above fail, they will INTIMIDATE you, and THREATEN you with reprisals as seen in any dictatorial regime.

They will make you run away from your country as evidenced with the DEADLY back-way journey.

Youths of the Gambia it’s TIME to say ENOUGH just like the youths of Burkina Faso said to Blaise Compaore. The country belongs to you and your parents. No individual person owns the Gambia not Yaya Jammeh. The Gambia should not be abandoned to injustice, rule of fear and intimidation and one-man rule.

Your future is in your hands and not in the hands of your poor elderly parents.

Fifty years ago when all other African countries were entangled in one party states politics, autocratic regimes and military dictatorships, where rule of law and freedom of press and association were nowhere to be seen, the Gambia was a beacon of democratic HOPE for all other African countries.

Now that the rest of Africa is taking giant steps installing genuine democracy, freedom, justice and equality, the Gambia is taking giant steps backwards into dictatorship, autocracy and military rule. What a paradox?

The muzzling of the press and people’s freedom, the arbitrary arrest without court warrants, the disappearances and secrecy of the whereabouts of those arrested or abducted, is a practice only seen in the last vestiges of the slave trade in Africa.

For how long will the Gambian youths sit back and watch your fellow innocent comrades and citizens, moms and dads, go through these HORRORS?

Rule of law is a thing of the past in the Gambia. The constitutional provisions are the least respected by the president and his rogue NIA operatives. Oaths of office swearing are an empty prayer good only for the dustbin. Is this the Gambia you want to continue to live in for twenty-one years and still counting? Until when will you say ENOUGH?  

We the elderly Gambians have definitely shown you the way but cannot FIGHT for you. We your elders cannot go the deadly back-way to seek refuge from dictatorship.

We your elderly parents were proud Gambian youths yesterday, free and fearless to the delight of other African youths all around the world.

Do not mortgage your future for opportunism. Do not mortgage your future for fear of dictators. Dictators are defeated from Cape to Cairo to Burkina Faso.


Stick together, work together and march together and demand for CHANGE.

Only UNITY can save you from the shackles of dictatorial bondage, division and weakness. Have the TRUST and HOPE in your selves. Have LOVE amongst yourselves. Speak up and demand for what is right.

The Gambia belongs to you. All Gambians are created equal before the law and we are all taxpayers and stakeholders in our country. The Gambia will be what you make it to be. The choice is yours.

It is your duty to turn the Gambia into the smiling coast it was known for. It is your duty to see to it that your children live in a better Gambia and be proud of you.

Take heed from the Great Youths of Burkina Faso and we know you can.

FREE the GAMBIA. Only Gambian youths on the ground can do it.

By Deyda Hydara



  1. Only the youths can rule the streets and demand change. Within 24hours, change will come if all the football loving youths switch 30% of their love for foreign teams to their love of our motherland. True talk Deyda…we have to instigate it.

  2. Well said Deyda; the pen is mightier than the sword; none but only Gambians, & the energetic youth in particular, like in most places world over, can effect change for better in the Gambia…

    Most of the aged peasantry population, never been to formal schools; they don’t relate the Gambia economic, social & moral surfing to the tyrannical oppressive manipulations of Murderous kanilai yaya Killer DEVIL’s misrule, but the youths can…

    Nobody must despair to give up hope; our messages are gradually hitting home; the Gambia salvage reclaim of the motherland will be realised sooner than we all assume…

    We all must redouble our steadfastness in efforts, to ensure the realisation of democratic restoration of rule of law, justice, & fair play back in Gambia, our homeland…

  3. Yankuba Jobe

    Deyda; You have hit the nail on the head! The youth! Instead of finger pointing who brought and tamed the dangerous and the most poisonous snake on their backyards, while ignoring the snake bit every single person of their families. Why couldn’t they go after the snake, get rid of him, and later investigate! Most of the revolutions throughout the world had been let by the youth. If the Gambian youth sit Back and wait for the 50 to 75 years old men and women to liberate their country? Unfortunately, they have to wait for another 20 years to come, and they too will be old and weak! It is the right time now for the Gambian youth to buy one way ticket to the Gambia and join their fellow desperate youth on the ground, and match directly to the state house and ask Yaya Jammeh to leave the state house or announce his resignation for the coming presidential election for the sake of peace, reconciliation and stability of the Gambia. If the youth need any finance to buy their one way ticket, we can all put our hands together and fund it!
    I agree with Deyda, if what is happening now in the Gambia was happening in 40-100 years ago? There would have been civil war in the Gambia. Those days, people rather die than been humiliated in such a manner, but today’s Gambia is full of internet Generals. I hope they will respond to your call..
    Salaam Alaikum.

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