Dishonourable Member Seedy S.K Njie with a Million Reasons book of Yahya Jammeh!
In a somewhat bizarre move, members of the Gambia’s National Assembly on Tuesday, 8 April 2014, debated two books of President Yahya Jammeh, about his Million reasons for withdrawing the country from the Commonwealth of Nations.
In most democratic nations, the people’s parliament would be expected to have debated such an important issue, before it takes effect. However, in the Gambia, it’s the other way round. Almost 6 months after the President exited the country from the Commonwealth, was the time the nation’s parliament deemed it appropriate to debate the subject. What a democracy!
The two books, claimed to have been authored by President Yahya Jammeh, were presented to the deputies by the APRC nominated mouth piece of President Yahya Jammeh in Parliament, Dishonourable Member Seedy S. K. Njie.
The books are entitled; ‘A million reasons to leave the Commonwealth’; and ‘How the tragic consequences of British looting and misrule in The Gambia inspired the founding of the United Nations and its drive for decolonisation in January 1943 and beyond’.
The APRC dominated parliament sided with the contents of the books to castigate the British colonialism of the country, despite that ending 50 years ago. They said the British had massively looted the West African nation of its natural resources during the colonial era, but failed short of specifying the natural resources looted.
Dishonourable Njie added that “The books exposed the manner in which the descendants of the same colonial power winked Africa in the so-called name of democracy, human rights, and good governance. The books are well detailed and written and have exposed the looting of both the United States and Britain during the colonial era in the poor West African nation. The Gambian leader is determined to lead this country from colonialism and slavery with dignity by ensuring total control of the Gambia’s natural resources at any cost and by any means necessary”; the praise singing Dishonourable Njie explained to the members of parliament
The members also posited that the Gambia gained less than what it contributed to the Commonwealth organisation and that was one justifiable reason, why the Gambia ought to have pulled out of the Commonwealth of Nations. They said the Gambia, as a sovereign and independent state, should not be a party to any colonialism or neo-colonial institutions.
Honourable Neteh Baldeh, the National Assembly member for Tumana constituency, said Western Nations’ double standard had affected African countries and they have also looted the natural resources of the continent. He noted that Africa’s lack of a permanent seat at the UN Security Council shows extant signs of colonialism.
President Yahya Jammeh’s government had withdrawn the Gambia’s membership from the Commonwealth of Nations in October 2013, and vouched never to be a member of any neo-colonial institution or party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism.
However, the ordinary Gambians who spoke to Kibaaro News begged to differ. “Gambia’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth have affected many development projects in the country; especially in the education sector”, one concerned citizen explained to Kibaaro.
“It was a terrible decision to withdraw the Gambia from the Commonwealth. This is why we need a matured and educated leader, who can lead the Gambia along the straight path and not into the bush”, said another citizen, who begged for anonymity.
We totally concur with the comments of the last citizen!