I’m grateful to be given space in this widely read paper. I want to address some of the ongoing political situations in the Gambia. WE must all admit that our country has gone through one of the most terrible moments of its existence since attaining independence. The country’s only problem is its cowardly sadistic, brutal and killer president. Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years in power is simply beyond horrifying, which is why he must go.
As a concerned Gambian, I want to offer my little advice to my fellow Gambians as we trek the road to change.
First of all, we need to properly reform our own ways of life before we can succeed in the struggle to restore our long lost democracy. Gambians are unpredictable, with so many dabblers in the struggle to get rid of Jammeh pursuing their selfish interest. When injustice prevails, we must all come together to fight genuinely and whole heartedly. Mahatma Gandhi rightly put it that “let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on earth: I shall fear GOD:- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone-I shall not submit to injustice from anyone-I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all sufferings.”
We must set aside all our differences: ethnic, political or religious and chase the Monster out of state house. Like all other dictators before him, Yahya Jammeh has no permanent friend. He is the Ethnic Fever that needs uprooting. And once he is gone normalcy and life as usual will return to the Gambia.
The clock is ticking fast but all the eminent signs of the criminal regime’s fall are visible for everyone to see, with the absconding of the most dangerous and cruel Interior Minister ever to exist in the Gambian soil, proving the point that Jammeh cannot sustain his power base. Ousman Sonko’s escape followed fleeing into exile of former Justice Minister Basirou Mahoney. Sweden’s deportation of Ousman Sonko to Spain is soothing for the opposition. The crook’s absence has created a hole that cannot be filled.
Gambians, we have the last chance to uproot dictator Jammeh from power. We can only achieve this by consolidating our coalition, fight vigorously and take back our country. Electing the monster for another five years is tantamount to giving him carte blanche to kill the whole of Gambia, for he will close all the doors of opportunity. By the time a famine is declared it will be too late to rescue a sinking nation and her people. We must bear in mind that dictator Jammeh has separated so many people from their loved ones either through extra-judicial killings or enforced disappearances. No class or category of Gambian is spared the Jammeh brutality.
For the sakemail of our gallant heroes and heroines illegally languishing in jail, let’s vote in office Coalition candidate Adama Barrow. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and his United Democratic Party leadership and supporters deserve our solidarity and support. They have gone to prison for our freedom, which is why we must vote out Jammeh to free these prisoners of conscience. If the likes of Solo Sandeng and Krumang could sacrifice their lives for the Gambia, then it behooves on us to task ourselves with building bridges to kick out a single soul that is bent on destroying everything Gambian.
I cannot conclude without offering some advice to the Coalition. As the only hope of change loving Gambians, the Coalition must not let the issue of Mama Kandeh of the GDC be a distraction. We have more important issues to talk about than a single party’s refusal to toe the line. His case should never overshadow our ultimate purpose of defeating dictator Jammeh. Our target is none other than Yahya Asombie Jammeh who has over and over demonstrated to us that he is better than any of us. Let’s prove him wrong that he is not the only Gambian born to govern.
Lon live the Gambia without Yahya Jammeh!
Long live opposition Coalition!
MODOU L KORTA, LONDON