By Adama Trawally
It’s now 21 years since the vicious government of Yahya Jammeh came to power in the Gambia. Dictator Jammeh fails to honour the promises he made to the Gambian People. He instead continued to violate the basic human rights of the Gambian citizens. The present condition of the Gambians under Yahya Jammeh is very sad and distressing; people are living in silence due to fear of facing torture and disappearance, if anyone dared to criticise the regime of Yahya Jammeh in the country.
I bore witness to what my fellow Gambians are going through, when I visited the country in 2013. While trying to express myself about the autocratic leadership of Yahya Jammeh and his administration, some of my friends warned me not to mention his name anywhere near them, because it was not safe for them. The country’s media houses all dance to his tune and operate in fear. Saying anything that is not right against the regime could get them closed or suffer arrest and detention. It is only the external online media operated by genuine Gambians, who are keeping the Gambians informed with issues that are really affecting Gambians.
The Dictator has recognised that the only threat to him and his brutal regime are from the Gambians in the Diaspora, since the people on ground are locked up in his countrywide prison; therefore, he is using various methods to silence the Diasporas also. Please let no one fall into Dictator Jammeh’s trap in believing that he has indeed forgiven those of you in the Diaspora with the condition that mean you keep quiet about his dictatorship in the Gambia. Where are the two Gambian – American citizens, Alhajie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, who were subjected to force disappearance during their visit to the country in 2013. Many people have testified seeing them in a detention centres and appeared to have been tortured. The reason behind their reported disappearance is simply because their use of Facebook to criticise the regime.
Yahya Jammeh needs to know the fact that The Gambian people are fed up of him; although some are pretending to like him and support his administration, but they are his number one enemies. This is because our people are really suffering, especially the youths, who are so desperate that they sacrifice their lives for a greener pasture abroad, as there is high rate of unemployment in the Gambia and hence no future for them there. Additionally, I personally spent seven months in Gambia in 2013 searching for a job with my qualifications, but there was no job opportunity in the country.
Yahya Jammeh is also a big fool to think that Gambians are fools, as alluded to during his 30 December incident speech, the Gambians are no fools, that’s why some are pretending to be loyal to him in other to put a meal on their table for their families. This is because they know the fool has left them with alternative. This is also why some are risking their lives to leave to the country to Europe through the back-way.
Lastly, Dictator Jammeh rules the Gambia for 21 years, which is more than enough and therefore, after failing the Gambians, he needs to leave now.