January 19: Gambia awaits the will of Allah?

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By Leo Igwe
Anxiety prevails in the Gambia as the people await what becomes of their country come January 19. Will this country tow the path of peace or anarchy? Will Gambians a new president? Will the incumbent remain in power? On this day of destiny, current president, Yahya Jammeh is expected to relinquish power and the president elect, Adama Barrow will resume as the country’s president. This day is expected to be special because it will be the first time that this West Africa nation is peacefully transferring power since Independence.
For now, it is uncertain if this historic occasion will come to pass as expected because the incumbent president had backtracked after conceding defeat in a recent presidential election. Calls and appeals from ECOWAS, the AU, the UN and other local and international bodies to Jammeh to respect the outcome of December 1 presidential contest had fallen on deaf ears. In fact there are reports that troops from the sub region are on a standby to intervene and use military force to oust Jammeh if he refused to relinquish power.
Interestingly. Jammeh once told journalists that he would rule Gambia for a billion years if Allah so willed. Apparently, he was determined to cling to power as long as he would. However with the outcome of the presidential election and with what appears to be a political impasse in the country, it is uncertain as to what Allah’s will is for Gambia come January 19. Or let us put it this way, Jammeh’s will seems to be on a collision course with that of Allah
But think about it, Allah has really been so magnanimous to Jammeh by allowing him to rule the country for 22 years despite his dismal human rights records and bad governance. During this period, this erratic leader acquired numerous titles that made his official introduction, ‘His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa’ a laborious exercise. He claimed to have the cure for HIV/AIDS. Jammeh withdrew Gambia from the Commonwealth, which he described as a neo-colonial institution. He stated that Gambia would never be a party to any institution that represented an extension of colonialism. Jammeh declared the country an Islamic republic in an attempt to distance Gambia from its colonial past. In addition he threatened to kill anyone who indulged in homosexual act. Jammeh stated: ‘If you do it [in the Gambia] I will slit your throat — if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.’
Apparently, in the past 22 years the will of Allah had been the will of Yahya Jammeh and the will of Jammeh had been the will of the people of Gambia. These wills have been inseparable and Jammeh took advantage of it and patently abused the opportunity.
He ruled with iron fists, conducted sham elections and clamped down on the opposition and freedom of expression in the country. It seemed that at the presidential election in December, this bond was broken. There was a split between the will of Jammeh and the will of the Gambian people, and probably the will of Allah. Gambians voted for a change and invested their will on Adama Barrow. Jammeh accepted the outcome but latter changed his mind citing irregularities and voter apathy. Was that also the will of Allah?
He annulled ‘the election in its entirety’and stated that a fresh contest would be conducted. His party is challenging the election results at the Supreme Court. Unfortunately the court has one judge. Jammeh still thinks that there could still some chance for him in the will complex of Allah. Hence he continued to invoke Allah as the one who would determine his political future and destiny. But hasn’t that destiny been determined? Hasn’t that future been decided? Can’t President Jammeh read in between the lines?
So as the world counts down to January 19 2017, Gambia finds itself in a political deadlock with two opposing wills – the will of president Jammeh and the will of the Gambian people as invested in the president elect, Adama Barrow.
As Jammeh and the people of Gambia await the will of Allah to manifest on January 19, the pertinent question is: which side will Allah align with? Which will triumphs at the end of the day? Which shall Allah endorse: the will of Yahya Jammeh or the will of the people of Gambia?

5 Responses to January 19: Gambia awaits the will of Allah?


    December 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  2. Its business as usual in Africa. Only Ghana appears to be civilized.

    December 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm

  3. There are interesting comparisons between the Gambian and Zambian Electoral Disputes. Jammeh has appealed to the Supreme Court of Gambia (SCG) against the Election of Adama Harrow based on alleged Electoral Malpractices by the Gambian Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Jammeh’s appeal has been set for a Hearing on 10th January 2017 b4 a Panel of 5 Supreme Court(SC) judges. It will be interesting to hear what SC’s judgment will be. In the Gambian case the SC will hear the Petitioners while in the Zambian case both Concourt and the High Court have refused to hear the Petetioners so far. In the Gambian case ECOWAS has committed to force Jammeh to quit and thereby ensuring that the Will of the People will be respected. In the Zambian case there is no word from the Docile SADC even though their observers came to Zambia to observe the Elections and SADC Guidelines on Elections were flouted by ECZ and Lungu. SADC is not even pressurising Lungu to hear the Petitioners.There is turmoil in DRC as a result of Kabila refusing to surrender power at the end of his 5 Year Term. So far 41 people have already been killed and SADC has turned a blind to what is happening in both DRC and Zambia. Bravo to Ecowas and shame on the Toothless SADC.

    December 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  4. SADC is very boring.
    It should be scrapped and forgotten. It is a club for oppressors!
    COMESA is more than enough.
    Viva Nigeria and ECOWAS!
    Get rid of that wizard in The Gambia.
    Viva Ivory Cost for fighting that wicked old man a few years back.
    Is Kabila worth the 40+ dead in Congo?

    Leadership is a serious matter
    December 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm

  5. The problem with SADC is that it lacks strong and Democratic Leaders. What can u expect from dictators like Mugabe,Dos Santos,Kabila etc. Zuma is all about women and wealth accumulation thru corruption. SADC and AU came to observe Zambian Elections and encouraged those who are aggrieved and feel elections have been stolen to Petition the results in Court. HH & GBM were encouraged to follow thru this Route and filed their Petition at Concourt 4 months ago. Since then there is no word from AU and SADC while Lungu is flouting Court Procedures and SADC Guidelines on Election Guidelines and Procedures. SADC should hold Lungu to account for continiously frustrating and blocking the Hearing of the Petition in Courts. SADC should Not wait to see people being killed as a result of this Election Dispute. Lungu will remain illegitimate until he can prove in Court that he genuinely won the 2016 Elections. Most Zambians believe HH won the Election but Lungu stole his victory and refused to handover power to the Winners,HH & GBM .

    December 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm

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