Alagi Yorro Jallow

(JollofNews) – I have read and realized the way truth is being distorted by some people in government, in social media, exploiting the capacity of reasoning by most of my Gambian brothers and sisters.

I have experienced both in the media and bodily how politicians, blind activist and social media can transform trivial issues into domestic disturbances. Gambians should start reading issues with the highest reasoning power and convictions.

There are deep and saturated secrecy to a point that all individuals working for government sworn allegiance to secrecy. Don’t be fooled brothers and sisters our governments are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. It is a “no brainer” but because of the illiteracy in the country we just accept news hook, line, and sinker.

A very minimal amount of people can critically view issues and first raise some questions with a view to evaluate its validity and accuracy (I am not in any way being disrespectful or insensitive but just being practical).

I am also seen people who have the capacity to speak out will not because of their affiliation to specific politicians and groups. We owe the truth to our people and not to sugar coat it to suit our will and will of those we work for.

I have noticed lately that some politicians and blind activists are in the business just for their own selfish ambition and not for the Gambian people to be fully and adequately informed. As Gambians, we need to fight demagoguery, blind loyalty, shortsightedness and sycophancy.

The issue at hand is the authenticity of information that is being aired out from government sources, and in social media. I am appalled and all us must be by the way we are made to fight each other and allow the politicians, the powerful and influential to gather the spoil with no blame whatsoever.

Again, we turn to Amilcar Cabral: “Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in one’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children.

By Alagi Yorro Jallow 

The author is founder and former managing editor of The Independent, the Gambia’s only private newspaper before it was banned by the government in 2005. He was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a 2007 Nieman fellow and is the author of Delayed Democracy: How Press Freedom Collapsed in Gambia published in 2013.