Last Friday’s violent protest in Kanilai is the work of rebel faction of the ousted APRC regime of Dictator Yahya Jammeh. These rebels who are on Jammeh’s payroll are receptive and supportive of more than three decades of tribal dominated rebellion in Southern Senegal region of Casamance. This rebellion is based on barbarism and cruelty, aimed at committing atrocities against innocent people. The violence that started in Kanilai should be treated as a National Security Threat which must be dealt with highest priority in order to protect and preserve our new Found Democracy and Freedom. For many years, there have been countless reports of Jola rebels infiltrating our national security services purposely to help sustain military dictatorship in the Gambia. Majority of these so-called demonstrators are rebel fighters who were once integrated in our military but decided to go on AWOL (Absence Without Leave) as soon as military screening started. Desperation and confusion consumed the trouble seeking rebels that the only thing left on their plate was to incite violence. Their goal is to make the country ungovernable and in turn accuse the government of being too weak. As a matter or urgency, the new government should immediately investigate the so-called refugees in the Foni region. Many of these refugees were rebels who had been provided safe heaven in the country when the dictator was in power. The immigration, police force, and intelligence agency should send officers to investigate whether these people are true victims of Casamance separatist rebellion. There should be vetting process to ensure that they are not a security threat to Gambian people. Indigenous citizens must help security services in this effort. It is about time that Gambian people became truly interested in their own national security. For far too long, we allowed the rebel forces from Casamance to easily settle in various communities across Kombos and Fonis without subjecting them to extra security screening. We have seen them openly organized their weekend meetings where they raised funds to support and sponsor rebellion in Casamance in the last three decades.
Jawara’s regime failed to take drastic measures to stop this community tribal sponsored rebellion while Dictator Yaya Jammeh supported and used them to sustain his regime for 22 years. President Barrow must do everything possible to get rid of this cancer of subregion which causes so much economic, political, social and environmental sufferings on the people of both the Gambia and Senegal. There is no turning back on regulating our national security while the government provides absolute freedom and rule of law to ordinary citizens. Indigenous citizens deserve to live in peace and harmony in their own country. We cannot afford to allow Casamance rebels to continue to destabilize our country because of their political ideology based on genetically inherited destructive tendencies.
Freely moving and talking, Yaya Jammeh will do everything to see Gambia in flames. Much needed doing so that Jammeh is caught and caged. If not he will continue to incite violence. If need be, all those buildings put up by Jammeh will better get demolished so there is no trace of Jammeh.
I am going to be as Diplomatic as I can be and yet make it clear to Some and Others who Trade on and Join the long line of Demagogues Who Allege about the Supposed “Violence that started in Kanilai Should be treated as a National Security Threat”. They also Allege with Insidious Ethnic Platitudes that, “we cannot afford to allow “Cassamance “rebels” to continue to destabilize “Our” country because of their Political Ideology based Genetically Inherited Destructive Tendencies. The Self Rightous Platitudes and Insults to a Whole Ethnic Group Not withstanding, the allegations are repugnant and Not in Evidence to the allegations? Where is the Corraborating Evidence of Violence being Perpetrated by the Demonstrators or Protesters? Choose your terminology if wish. However, Provide the Evidence. No Parroting of Fake News and Selective Blame Propaganda from Some Official and Non Official Sources as an Attempt to Justify the Unjustifiable and Bloody Affair is Demeaning and “Cheapening” our Blood and Lives one or more Deaths at a Time. Evidence available so far suggest the Violence originated from those Entrusted to Keep the Peace, Protect and Provide Security to the Civilians killed. Furthermore, Rational and Reasonable Gambians can agree that there was more Violence, Unwarranted and Wanton Destruction at the Farato and Baffoloto “Riots” and that is what they were by all definition, Riots. The Farato and Baffoloto Rioters burnt down Property for example, Car and a Heavyweight Duty Construction Truck. Yet, No one was Shot Dead at the Farato and Baffoloto Riots. Exhibit One of the Selective, Unequal with Malicious Intent Punishment and Reaction to the two Incidents. While the Kanilai Demonstrators whoes’ Offense is burning of Tires and “blocking of traffic” were met with Bullets “Not Retreating Police Officers who were being Assaulted by the “Rioters” at Farato and Baffoloto. Yet, the “Gaggle” bent on “BIAFRA-NIZING” FONI and the Jola blame the Demonstrators for calling Attention to an Occupation of a Foreign Military Force in their Backyards, Farms and Schools. I respectfully ask, who would be a Free Born Gambian who would Tolerate Such an Existence without Protest? It is one thing to Contract out Gambia’s Souvereignity to Senegal or any willing Entity but another to let them Murder innocent Gambian citizens with Impunity just like in 1981. Like in 1981, it was alleged then that it was for National Security? Whoes National Security? The Gambia or Senegal’s? Security at any COST for a given Ethnic Group or for All Gambians? Hope, it is for All Gambians and the Blood and Lives Sacrificed Will be Worth the “Security”. I for one would rather all those who were killed in 1981 and before, as well as those from 1994 to the Present are as Alive as you and I and the rest of the Gambians. I would rather be with Security without Murder, instead of Murder in the Name of Security. The two JJs (Jawara and Jammeh), Evoked National Secutity for the Gambia as the Justification of the Killings of Gambians and now the same is Revisited upon us again. One may be tempted to Justify one against another depending on your Ethnic or Political Allegiance and Proclivity. However, as Gambians, we should be Collectively Concerned if not Alarmed by the “Cheapening” of Gambian Blood and Lives. I am not a Politician, nor a Political Scientist. However, National Security of a Country Must Not be and Should Not be Defined, nor Sustained by Another. If it does, it is always within a Master-Servant Relationship however Temporary. For a Period following the end of World War II, the United States of America and Japan were understandably in such a Relationship under General McArthur’s Military Occupation, due the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Imperial Army and the Ultimate Official Entry of the United States in World War II. Unlike Japan, GAMBIA did Not attack Senegal or any of its Neighbors. Yet, Senegal seem to have a free Hand at Spilling Gambian Blood at Will and in the Name of Security, National or Local. Furthermore, unlike the Gambia Japan already had an Industrial Based and a Developed Infrastructure that allowed it to come out of the Occupation with otherwise Little to Complain about thanks to the American Sense of Justice and Fair Play. I am Not sure that the same can be said of the Gambian experience with Senegal in the Past or Present. Being an Optimist with a Hopeful Disposition, I am disposed to Open Up my Heart and Thoughts with a Prayer for Forgiveness and Redemption from any and all Gambians including my fellow Gambian who may be Offended by my thoughts and words, that Allah/God who said in One of the Scriptures, “God Hath Made of One Blood All Nations”….All Gambians are a part of the Nations as are the Senegalese, the Ghanaians and Nigerians. Let’s all Pray but at the same time work to Mitigate the Blame Game that seem to have gotten a Death grip of Bloody Murder on our National and Collective Nation State’s Neck, for a likewise Collective Agony and Burial. No matter How, Who, and Why a Gambian is killed, it is not for me or any Gambian to Rationalise, Justify or Explain it Away. GAMBIA and GAMBIANS need a National Day of Prayer and Redemption. A Day that Neighbor Approaches or Visits a Neighbor and Asks For Forgiveness. A Day of Sharing and Emoting. A Day to Reflect on the Past, Present and Future Path For the Gambia and Gambians. Let us Begin the Healing and STOP the Killing and the “Cheapening” of our Blood and Lives. One People, One Destiny. To those who may be Offended by my thoughts and words, I am requesting for your Forgiveness and Prayers for my Continued Growth in Wisdom, Knowledge and the Will to Admit My Imperfection.
Sarjo; I too was thinking in same line that these buildings erected from stolen taxpayers moneys should be demolished; for whatsoever use would they be put to apart from being used as hiding places for rebellious mfdc dissidents after the investigations into the froze assets?
Who are these people who think & taken upon themselves to be entitled to “protect the EVIL MURDEROUS kanilai KILLER DEVIL’s properties” as being advanced by the kanilai alkalo on the pages of Foroyaa??
Why can’t they admit or yet reason to the fact that EVIL yaya KILLER DEVIL couldn’t have owned a chicken had it not been the illegitimate usurpation of the mantle & bedevilled thieveries of Gambian peoples’ moneys???