I heard a very sincere, inspiring, balanced and fair speech from Honorable Mr. Bamba Serign Mass the other day. I want to add my voice to the good deeds of Mr. Mass. There are many amongst us who are not sincere and see no interest whatsoever in narrating the truth. This government we have in the Gambia today is a very responsible government that will never do anything that will be detrimental to the interest of the Gambia and the Gambian people. There is an information warfare going on against the Coalition government of His Excellency President Adama Barrow. Instead of going to work for the Gambian people, these bad elements are bent on diverting President Barrow’s attention and focus from nation building to something he is not responsible for. The haters will always hate, no matter what. They don’t like the Barrow government, and they will never it. The increased polarisation has put the Gambia at crossroads, with many people not knowing where to go. The information warfare is like a cultural war which is all about battle of ideas. Those who win this information warfare are surely going to win the hearts and minds of the Gambian people. This whole deportation saga comes to one thing and that is to tarnish the image of HE Adama Barrow and Honorable Ousainou Darboe. Eventually, these people hope they have finally got the ammunition to once and for all destroy the UDP. This is their end game. Yes, we are all saddened by this regrettable deportation. There is not much one can do except to help comfort those affected. We have to show empathy, compassion and support. This is what the government is exactly trying to do in this difficult situation. The solution therefore is not blaming our leaders for something that is beyond their control.
Gambian journalists need to exercise caution in reporting anything sensitive if they want to have their credibility from being bruised. They should be guided by the ethics of journalism when reporting. GRTS, a national broadcaster that is bankrolled by the taxpayer, must not be used as a decoy to sabotage the government’s nation building efforts. Instead of sensitising the public, programs like Kerr Fatou and Giss Giss have been feeding the public with biased and subjective content.
No matter how long it takes truth shall prevail and conquer.