Being remanded in one of the worst prisons on earth would not deter Gambian opposition leader from writing a letter expressing gratitude to people for standing firm during this trying times. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe’s letter, published in full below, also extended birthday wishes to Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, The Gambia’s first President. Sir Dawda turned 92 on May 16th.
Fellow citizens, friends of The Gambia, I send you sincere greetings and profound appreciation on my humble behalf and that of my compatriots languishing in illegal detention as hostages of an unjust and cruel regime.
From here within the borders of our beloved country and in the great cities of the civilized world, you have risen in solidarity to vindicate the basic principle that we the Gambian people categorically reject dictatorship and tyranny and will insist on getting the freedom and democracy worthy of our people.
We thank all of you who value the blood and tears of our fellow citizens to prompt you to stand up and do your part to help this critical battle for the very soul and direction of our country. Together as we stand as a diverse but indivisible people, our patience, endurance and faith would be tested by the machinations and barbarism of a regime drenched in our collective blood. With your continuous help, I can assure you that the moral rectitude of our cause will by the grace of God help us reclaim our country and with it our dignity which the dictator has trampled on for too long.
I urge all citizens to be steadfast, law abiding and fully engaged in this journey to make our Gambia free, democratic and safe for all its citizens.
Finally I extend warm birthday greetings to Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, founding father of our modern Republic. Patriot and the consummate gentleman who exemplifies what is best in our people in integrity, compassion and fidelity to the rule of law. With his compatriots, he birthed, nursed and led an improbable nation to take its place in the global family as a respected and beloved member in good standing .
We thank him for the foundations he laid, for the personal example set as a leader who was honorable and worthy of the good people whose mandate he freely and fairly sought .
We pray for Allah to bless him and reward him abundantly for the grace and compassion he continuous to show our nation and its people.
Thank you and May God bless us all.
Lawyer Ousainu Darboe
Party Leader and Secretary General
United Democratic Party