The president of the National Transitional Council for the Gambia, Sheikh Sedia Bayo has called on Gambians to march to the streets in protest against President Yahya Jammeh’s plans to change the Gambia’s constitution, in order to allow him to become king of the Gambia.
In terse press statement issued yesterday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, the Gambian French born activist stated: “ On the 10th anniversary of the death of journalist Deyda Hydara, prominent Gambian journalist and Founder of the Point Newspaper and also known like the Gambian press freedom icon, whose killers have not been brought to justice or identified. The NTCG is launching a formal appeal to the Gambian population, civil and military bodies to protest on the streets on Thursday, December 18, 2014, for the start to dislodge Jammeh from power.”
According to Bayo, who is currently based in Dakar, ‘The march is planned from Westfield at 11 Am down to New National Assembly Building (Parliament) and the State House, where the president lives to stop this injustice and violation of human rights in Gambia.’
“We received information that President Jammeh plans to violate our constitution on 22 January 2015 using our toothless bull -dog National Assembly Members to change the constitution to allow Jammeh to establish a monarchy in Gambia by passing a law that will remove our republic status and install a royal dynasty.” He said, adding:
“The NTCG formally requests the Gambian army to act immediately and close all military outposts of the territory to President Jammeh and his entourage, and to seize all the necessary force in order to obtain his resignation and compel him to leave power as soon as possible. I personally as the leader of NTGC, will soon be coming to Gambia despite whatever threat to carry out the fight to prevent irreparable harm to the Gambia with this anti democratic and anti-constitutional project of Yahya Jammeh regime scheduled for 22 January 2015 with a royal inauguration scheduled for 25 May 2015″.
Mr Bayo alleged that the supposed crown for his royal highness King Jamus Junkung Jammeh Yahya Babili mansa is currently being carefully crafted and decorated in India to be delivered once completed.