Baba Jaiteh (the author)

(JollofNews) – Please allow me space in your newspaper once again to express my humble opinion to add my voice to the lots of voices of patriotic Gambians on issues surrounding Foni and its people especially Kanilai.

Perhaps it is worth reminding ourselves how we got the birth of New Gambia time and time again since it still did not capture some people’s imagination or maybe they need to be told the whole story like if they have never witness it in real life.

The New Gambia came into being thanks to the selfless struggle and sacrifices of patriotic Gambians both at home and in the diaspora who removed a heartless dictator in the name of Yaya Jammeh.

It was a struggle of Gambians, by Gambians and for the Gambian people. In a nutshell, it was a struggle to restore democracy and rule of law into the social fabric of our political institutions and in our societies at large. So in that case, it is not for one individual party, a particular area or town and village. New Gambia is for all Gambians.

Should we allow ourselves to be dragged back into another brutal era of lawlessness and selfish rule? I think as a nation, we have far passed that stage after what has been a painful and brutal struggle of Gambians to safe the people of Gambia. By the standards of the 21st century, we must not allow selfish and ruthless idiots to turn our decent societies into anarchy so to speak. I have a feeling that the people who are doing this barbaric acts in our communities know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it. So I am calling on the government of the day to draw a line at least and make themselves visible and heard in every corner of the Gambia to protect the Gambian people and our sovereignty.

What is happening in some parts of Foni and Kanilai in particular is appalling and tantamount to chaos and civil unrest. It is therefore not acceptable in a civilised society, and must be addressed by the Fonikas themselves if they are to put the interest of Gambia first before any other thing.

The protesters wants an end to the militarisation of their community

Having said that, I would urge the National Assembly members of Foni to take the lead role in tackling this appalling and barbaric acts that looms in our communities. In a way, I challenge them to get out of the comfort of their offices in the national assembly, go back to the people in Foni, engage them and explain to them the concept of democracy and the rule of law and what it means to them as a people, perhaps most of these people do not understand what it means and may need help.

I have no doubt that if these troublemakers are engaged and told with no uncertain terms what is acceptable and not acceptable in a civilised society, I believe they will think again and come on the right side of humanity. After all, it is the interest​ of Foni that they represent in the National Assembly and it is for them that they are there anyway.

I am convinced that it is not all the people of Foni behaving like this. It is just a pocket of mindless individuals trying to make everyone out there look like a culprit. I am telling you the people of Foni, you are victims and you are being used as scapegoats by these selfish individuals. You have a choice to leave them to bring chaos to your communities or drive them out from your towns and villages by rejecting their ideas and make the authorities aware of their existence in your areas.

Let’s not allow democracy to be vilified or misrepresented in our communities. It looks like these selfish and unruly individuals are trying to hide behind the word “Democracy” to inflict pain and suffering on our people once again.

I would like to appeal to all patriotic citizen of Gambia to be vigilant and endeavour to work very hard to spot such unruly and cowardly acts in our communities and do their very best to stamp it out. The Gambia is our homeland… for better or for worse..

Baba Jaiteh
United kingdom.