Halifa Sallah

(JollofNews) – An opposition leader in the Gambia has called on President Yahya Jammeh to start listening to the wishes of the people and rectify some of the wrongs  his regime is making.

Halifa Sallah, leader of the Gambia’s opposition People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), said the Gambia is confronting challenges which require a leadership that listens and a people who reason to be addressed.

He warned that the Gambia is currently on an edge and Mr Jammeh must be out of touch with the vicissitudes of destiny if he continues to go to sleep while another political leader like him  is put behind bars in a maximum security wing of a prison for political reasons.

In a letter to the Gambian leader, Mr Sallah warned: “A government that condones brutality and repression is likely to be isolated by even its supporters.  On the other hand, the main stream opposition   parties, which adopt strategies that are not approved by the vast majority of voters, are likely to become isolated from them.”

He added: “Hence if we are to have a peaceful way forward, we must have a government that is ready to listen and remedy wrong, and a people who reason and oppose everything that is wrong and give support to everything that is right, irrespective of party affiliation.

“Outside the realm of mainstream politics there will always be threats of coup d’états, mass uprisings, suicide bombings and armed struggles. There will be accusations and counter accusations of who is doing right and who is doing wrong.

“The truth of the matter however is that all Gambians irrespective of party affiliation, or political shades of opinion want an outcome that will enable the people to live in liberty, dignity and prosperity. The only correct strategy is one that would lead to such an outcome in the shortest possible time.

“That is the verdict of truth and reason and it is incontrovertible. PDOIS will strive to attain such an eventuality as a party and in collaboration with others as long as we see eye to eye on how to proceed to achieve such an aim.