By Journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan- Dakar
Gambia, our Dear Motherland, is currently crying and experiencing hunger for responsive, inspiring and meaningful leadership in this 21st Century, as the people of our beautiful land are temporarily detained and held captive in the midst of a serious power struggle between the Gambian Diaspora, who In many occasions would claimed to be striving to dislodge the repressive regime of our Current President Yahya Jammeh and his unpopular Government.
Now, at this Juncture, one may gather all the exclusive and the legal rights of making a cross-examinations and re- examinations of the level of procrastinations that is currently inflicted within the struggle, which is in no doubt leading to all these unwarranted debacles between the people of the same nation fighting to archive one aim and objectives towards the betterment of the future of our Country. It goes without saying that all those who are intellectually using their six common senses when analysing serious issues of national concern, now came to the conclusion that our Country at this moment is going through a cold war between people of the same land, as to who will succeed the illegitimate regime of President Jammeh.
The proliferation of all these new organisations intending to fight against the ruthless Government of our nation is a step in the right direction. But one of the questionable questions we could all raise is that, why can’t we all realise the urgent and the fundamental need of rescuing our people and that of our beautiful nation before becoming the issue of the world headlines?, why are we finding it difficult to trust each other? What would we gain in fighting against each other? Are we not people of the same land, if I may ask? What is the ulterior motive that some of us are keeping in our chest in this struggle? Is it that we want to resuscitate vengeance post Jammeh era against ourselves? Who is that person enjoying and winning at the expense of our beautiful people by bringing up all these useless confrontations which we are promoting among ourselves? Are you thinking about the lives that have been illegally, unlawfully, and unconstitutionally condemned in our state Central prisons? Think about the little children’s whose parents have been disappeared without trace or detained without trial for numerous years without knowing who to ask questions about their love ones? How would it appear to you if you were a victim of such unfortunate circumstances? Do we expect to give inexcusable excuses to each other following a fatal destruction in our Country?
However, if the interest of our nation is at the centre of our hearts, then, I do not think these few questions would have been raised. Is it not time for us to make use of our degrees we bagged, and solve our collective problem once and for all? Is there anything for us to gain if our Country should turn into Chaos? Well, I will not believe if that should be what we wish for our Country.
Look, we have to be critical of each other only out of love. All criticisms have to be constructive and meaningful which will add substance in our sustainable national development, but not out of personal vendetta.
We should not be critical of anyone simply because we hate him. But we want to see a leader of our Country who will be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people particularly the poor! Because, nobody is talking about the poor in the Gambia. I stand to be corrected.
We want to see a leader in recent days- in our Political history, who will be able to challenge anyone in a Presidential platform debating on real issues that has to do with a road map of meaningful developments in our Country.
In addition, we the youths of aspirations, need to have a President post Jammeh Era, who will be presentable worldwide and will be able to understand the current affairs of the World, while responding to them positively and also be able to have the charisma and the leadership qualities in inspiring devotion in his/her youthful population, by convincing formidable and recognised investors to come and invest in our Country in order to see our Economy growing day- by- day, talk less of Employment opportunities.
My fellow Compatriots, greed in underneath lust for material gains, and greed in underneath self parochial interest, above what is in the best interest of the group or the entire nation will only lead us to astray. In fact, haven’t we already experienced that example of greed? Our country will never grow with a leadership that is only interested in fattening their pockets at the expense of the General Populace. Public interest can never be equated with executive interest. Then, now can you convince me if you are not struggling to fatten your pockets, if that is not the case, then what is the need for this unwarranted debacle amongst us? In my humble opinion, every legal Citizen of the Gambia has the exclusive right to vote and be voted for. But according to the present Constitution of our Country, anyone who holds a double citizenship can never run for President in the Republic of the Gambia. I am quite sure that this Constitutional provision is largely subjected to changes in the nearest future. It also goes without saying, that anyone who aspires to run for President in the Gambia must not be consecutively absent in the soil of the Gambia for more than five years.
Besides, the people of our Country currently need liberators and they are in a bad need of these persons. We want to see a leader who will come forward and vividly explain our collective problems and concerns to the world, a leader who will directly feel the inexplicable need of his/her people, a leader who will be able to solve all the previous and our current shortcomings, a leader who will have our Country at heart, a leader who will see the interest of our nation first before any other thing, a leader who by using his qualities of leadership will not be unable to appear as a unifying factor amongst our people, a leadership that will be able to resuscitate our broken diplomatic relations with that of the other powerful nations, because there is nothing more sacred than our people and freeing them from the grip of the enemy.
The Gambia, currently leaving in the darkness of Social Immorality, Political Instability, Economic Corruption, and Religious Misguidance, needs a leader who will emerge and make social and economic transformations and as well as sustainable reformations of all these drawbacks.
Thus, it is vividly clear to all of us that the Government of the Gambia has made an agreement with hell and a covenant with death, looking at the untold records of the height of human rights violations, crime against humanity, genocide, etc. If these records are anything to go buy, then why can’t we come together as people of one nation and safe both our Country and our People? In one of the best moments of our collective need for change.
It is possible for us to be united by our ideas instead of divided by our differences. Public opinion is what shapes the destiny of every nation in this 21st century. In the avoidance of all doubts, this is not the case in our country as we speak. Our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Cousins, Nieces, Uncles, In laws, Relatives, Friends, Imams, Politicians, Journalist, Right Activists, Defenders of Human Rights, to mention but a few, have been continuously victimised, intimidated, molested, ostracised, and set aside by the heartless government of our Republic.
President Jammeh has corrupted some our compatriots and bribed others, he has helped to distort the truth and reduced our independence and our sovereignty into dishonour, but one of the fundamental lessons he needs to learn is that our collective faith and spirit in fighting against repression and perpetual freedom, will remain unshakable.
These facts, are all clear testimonies that we could use as material evidences to agitate our most urgent needed actions in regaining our dignity, integrity, as well as our sovereignty that has been dishonoured by the repressive regime of President Jammeh Nineteen years back. It is high time for us not to allow our governments to use sovereignty as a seal in brutalising our own people. How can you have a long term development without stability? And would you be able to have stability without development, if you continuously harassed the people you have sworn to protect from both internal and external aggressions?
Furthermore, anyone who succeeds President Jammeh, must bear in mind that democratic elections must be conducted within six months period, or in other words, two years. Recent experiences in Africa and the world at large, has taught us that elections with integrity gives legitimacy to the winner but also gives protection to the looser. All presidential aspirants post Jammeh era, must be ready to face the people directly. They must be ready to explain in clear and simple terms, the problems and drawbacks to the people of the Gambia and the motive behind the untold hardships, enough the words, the loopholes during the reign of President Jammeh. We will need an aspirant who will be able to restore hope, dignity, integrity, respect, to the lives of our people.
In conclusion, an aspirant who will be able to introduce new Educational Policies for our young people, Economic Policies, Political Policies, Social Policies, Defence Policies and as well as Health Policies, which will help to quickly restore the broken image of our nation to the beautiful view of the entire World.
Coming over to Senegal, the Senegalese government will never involve into our internal politics and this is due to numerous reasons which we all know and understand. There are many covenants and treaties signed between governments of different nations which have dealt with so many salient issues both internal and external. Looking at the government of Senegal in these presents days, one will come to the conclusion that they are not happy with what is currently occurring in Banjul, but they will not be able to interfere on their own provided that our renegade soldiers and that of our diplomatic dissidents are not willing to come forward and face the issue at home directly and democratically. In most of my discussions with some key figures in Senegal, all they indicated is that they have not yet seen anyone who seems to be serious in matters relating to our nation. They have posited that freedom can never be earned on a silver plate adding that we have to get up and put our foot down and insist that we must fight the battle for dignity and by regaining our individual sovereignty as well as the sovereignty of our collective nation.
Any transitional group that emerge with huge credibility while having in place a road map for the future of the Republic of the Gambia, will in no doubt be respected. It is time for us to stand up and make the brain to dominate the blood in our Country.
God bless the Republic of the Gambia, Africa and the Entire World at Large.