Lately, the paramilitary unit of the Gambia Police Force has disheartening sloped into manifest brutality and professional ineptitude. Its propensity to bloodbath has succinctly carved it in the hearts of Gambians as a trigger maniac force that delights in shooting, manhandling and killing its people in broad daylight. What is even more disturbing is its irredeemable ego of racking carnage. Contrary to my recollection of the para, it has now been dotted as the killing machine for Gambia’s unrepentant Dracula-Ba wulu buukay Dictator Jammeh.
Could it be the eye-service syndrome that has plagued its leadership or is it greed? Perhaps the insatiable craving for power and position is crippling its leadership. Whatever it is, the paramilitary was set up to protect Gambians from violence but not subject them to chilling brutality. What has happened to my old friends in the force? Have they exchanged their souls for a pin of pleasure with the dictator? One thing is very certain currently, no one, I mean no one anywhere in this world will kill innocent people and get away with. Most of you are young and have loads of opportunities to better yourselves both home and abroad. As a consequent, do not ruin your opportunities for a selfish power hungry dictator whose time is up. Recently, we have noted the resolution unanimously passed by the EU to impose travel ban on any government official who contributed in violating the rights of innocent Gambians and targeted sanctions on the brutal regime of Dictator Jammeh. Do you want to go down with him? Certainly, I will not because Dictator Jammeh will never protect you. The impunity under which you are currently wallowing is to protect him not you. My reason is when he takes you to court like Jesus, former IGP, you will tell the judge that he ordered you to kill and he does not want that to happen. Therefore, do not sacrifice your lives and that of your families for someone who does not care about you. Some of you, your photos are all over the place in the social media. If Jammeh goes tomorrow, the next government wants to prosecute you for your part in human rights violations and you are placed on a travel ban to Europe and America, where will you hide? Think about it brothers and sisters in uniform.
Solo Sandeng, Lawyer Darboe and co only asked for what is best for the Gambia. If Dictator Jammeh is true to himself, why didn’t he allow the IEC to effect the electoral reforms demanded by the opposition? Love for one’s country does not punctuate killing its people and stifling its economy. We all know each other and soon when the dust settles, some of you will wish to crawl under stones and disappear into space but you will not be able to. What is more dignifying dying while standing up for justice, freedom and equality than dying crawling in chains and regret? As humans, we aspire to leave behind us a legacy that our children will be proud of. Do you want to be remembered as a murderer, rapist or torturer? Oh, hell no. Our country is undergoing a herculean trial from a heartless dictator and we owe it to her to come to her rescue by refusing to carry out any unlawful order. We must not unwittingly kill our citizens just because a power hungry monster wants to remain in power.
Be reminded fellow compatriots in uniform, Dictator Jammeh came into power in 1994 denouncing the Jawara government for overstaying its welcome in power. Today, he is 22 years in power and he still does not want to let go. He accused Jawara of corruption, but we all know Jawara was never rich. Unlike him, Jammeh is now richer than the whole assets of the Gambia put together. Can you see the logic I am postulating? Is this the kind of leader you can kill your own family for? Thanks to Dictator Jammeh, Gambian documents are not even worth toilet paper outside the Gambia today yet you are ready to sacrifice your lives for him. If you cannot help you civil brothers and sisters to usher in a peaceful change of government, please leave them alone. We have seen elsewhere were soldiers and police officers refused to kill their fellow citizens just because the government wants to remain in power. Are those service men and women more human than you?