The content of Mr Bubacarr Sambou’s article demonstrated that he is an honest Gambian. The has spoken well. It’s good to have sensible people like him in Foni. This is the region that scares many Gambians. Despite its tiny nature, Foni has proved some violent Gambians. Besides producing the late Kukoi Samba Sanyang and Yaya Jammeh who both were responsible for the spilling of many innocent bloods, some people in this region are still bent on threatening peace and stability of the Gambia. That’s totally unacceptable! It’s the constitutional right of Foni people to remain in the opposition, which is the beauty of democracy. This right can be exercised without resorting to violence.
Truth be told, Foni is not a political heavyweight region because its number of votes is so small that it cannot decide the outcome of any presidential election. So the people of Foni must realise that without majority support for Yaya Jammeh, he would have never been President. Yaya Jammeh has brought regional development and education in Foni due to his policy of tribal preferential treatment, nepotism, scholarship opportunities and loyalty, but he has also killed a lot of people in Foni and grabbed their ancestral lands. The behavior of some people in Foni has contributed to the belief that the region is a troubled zone which symbolises resistance to the government. Gambian people will recall that the first ever Gambian who presided over massive killings of Gambians was Kukoi Samba Sanyang who had his DNA evidentially linked to Foni due to his root or place of birth. The Gambia’s most brutal dictator who killed his own people and family also has his DNA linked to Foni. This is not to say that there are Gambians from other areas or part of the country who did not commit violent acts but those are not leaders of political ideology or regime.
People of Foni must take personal evaluation and compare themselves to other bigger regions which equally supported Jammeh in the past. The current violent behavior by some unscrupulous foreign individuals who have their DNA linked to three of tribal dominated rebellions in Casamance are the very people responsible for the post electoral violence in Foni. These are the very people who are creating tension in these communities through their ill-conceived agenda. True son and daughters of Foni like Mr Sambou understand that unless people of Foni inculcate nationalism in their political beliefs and get rid of tribalistic supportive agenda, they will be perceived as threats to peace and stability of the country. They are the only people who are receptive and married to three decades of tribal dominated rebellion based on barbarism, uncivilized and cruel violence against their own people on both sides of the Senegambia borders. The northern Senegal has frown on such uncivilized behaviour and act of terrorism in that region just like the rest of the Gambia refused to be dragged into senseless violence in Foni and Casamance. Elected leaders in Foni must engage their own people positively so that these unscrupulous citizens or foreigners can join the rest of the country as civilized people who disavow violence against their own people and peacefully engage in political discourse.