Well, the case of Omar Sadio’s (son of Casamance rebel faction leader Salif Sadio) enlistment in the Gambian army is not a surprise to some of us who have been blowing trumpet on the issue for a very long time. Casamance Jola tribal dominated rebellion was designed to ensure Jola hegemony in the Senegambia region and beyond. During 22 years of military dictatorship in the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh had infiltrated our national security services with Jolas from Casamance to ensure sustainability of his regime. On the face value, the 22 years of military dictatorship was tribal dominated military dictatorship designed to advance the interest of the Jola tribe, which was why every sector of the public and security services were dominated by the Jola tribe. Less than 10% of the population (mainly found in the Fonis and Kombos regions), Mr. Jammeh appointed Jolas head of almost every important public institution. I don’t hate any Jola who deserves public appointment but this must not be done at the expense of other tribes since ours is a country of diverse people. It must not be a government of any particular tribe.
My biggest upset is Jammeh’s infiltration of our security forces with Casamance Jolas. Majority of his personal protection officers and some military leaders were Jolas from Casamance. Do we forget that the unschooled Commander of Jammeh’s Republican Guards, Gen. Saul Badjie [christened Karafa Bojang at birth] too was born in Casamance? We also have small fish Casamance citizens still serving in our security services. It’s time to launch Operation Identify and Uproot Casamance citizens from our security forces.
We have to remedy this precarious situation. And one of the best ways to do is to control our security services by enlisting only qualified citizens. This must be the top priority of this new administration in their efforts to reform our country’s security. Gambianisation of our national security is indeed a constitutional obligation because it will ensure protection of our sovereignty and democracy. When we allow people whose DNA have been transcripted and translated to produce violent progeny with a supreme desire for not only self destruction but also for destruction of other people to enlist in our security agencies, we cannot expect to see phenotypically different characters. They have violent dominant genes which must be expressed. This is why infiltration of our national security services as evidenced by having Omar Sadio and others led to phenotypically expressed violent military dictatorship. Epigenetic factors such as social and environmental all contributed to the presence of violent genes in people like Omar Sadio. That’s why these people don’t waste time to carry out atrocities against Gambians during military dictatorship. We cannot allow outsiders to be in control of our national security. We cannot be beaten in our own game. It was about time that have the right Gambian people – people with no violent cultural and environmental history – to be enlisted in the security services. There is no other way to go about securing our nation. May God guide and protect us as we search for a New Destiny.