GAMBIA DEFEATS TYRANNY!
By Ebrima G Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief
On this Friday, Gambia’s most callous, most brutal beast, most arrogant Ignoramus, most malicious and vindictive tyrant has been reduced to exactly what he was on Friday July 22, 1994, Gambia’s day of infamy- a mere simpleton!
Today, like most tyrants, Yaya Jammeh is weeping like a parentless baby asking for forgiveness as an anxious nation awaits his concession speech. In his 22 years of misrule, he has destroyed our country, reduced good people to virtual rogues, abused, misused and raped our women. His victims are legion, his transgressions enormous, his viciousness phenomenal.
For over two decades he has sent thousands of his fellow citizens to jail with remorseless barbarity; exiled several thousands. His hallmark is impunity, his trademark is violence, his style of governance extra-judicial renditions.
Today, this Friday, after two decades of living in the United States as an exile, I take solace in the immortal words of the German scholar of Jewish extraction, Theodore Wiesengrund Adorno, himself an exile, who poignantly said: “For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.” Precisely so! Like Adorno, who fled Germany because of Hitler’s Nazi regime, I too fled The Gambia—my sacred Homeland; that sweet smelling aromatic beauty of a serene River and landscape where for millennia, civilizations have crisscrossed and cross-fertilized each other. Yes! I had to flee only because of Yaya Jammeh’s brutal repression and since I was deprived of this gem, I found home in writing and reflecting on my lost homeland.
But that was yesterday, and today, I have regained my lost Gambianity. I no longer need a United States passport to travel to Africa nor do my children and wife need a Gambian visa to travel to my place of birth.
While I thank the entire opposition for this political miracle and congratulate Adama Barrow for his landslide, I also thank the entire IEC for the courage to do what is right and just. I specifically thank and congratulate Mr. Alieu Momar Njie who rose above the fray and upheld his oath to The Constitution of The Republic of The Gambia. Above all, I congratulate the biggest heroes and heroines of this democratic coup, the Gambian people; who despite all of Yaya Jammeh’s rudeness and clownish bravado, courageously and massively lined up and booted the beast from the den.
Finally, Adama Barrow must show maturity, good temperament and judgment in all he does for the coming three years. He must be a good listener, remain polite and calm, show Yaya Jammeh and his gang of bandits and criminals that you are a civilized being, that you are human and just. Be tough but avoid being vindictive, be accommodating and considerate of diverse opinions. Please dispense to the criminals the justice they denied Gambians.
To my fellow citizens, let us be forgiving and tender no matter what the circumstances.