(JollofNews) – A former Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces has used his first interview with a Gambian newspaper to reveal how some foreign powers tried to bankroll him to topple the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh during the political impasse.
General Ousman Bargie said he was approached by representatives of some European and African governments who tried to give him millions of Euros and Dollars in cash to push Mr Jammeh out of power after he refused to relinquish power following his defeat in last December’s election.
He said he refused to accept the offer because he felt it was blood money and an insult on his love for the Gambia.
Speaking to the Standard Newspaper in Banjul, General Bargie said: “I was approached about three times and offered money in cartons and I said no, I’m not going to sell the Gambia and I will not take over this country. I am not elected by the people and I am doing my job. I assured them that by the grace of God, Adama Barrow will take over but they doubted me.”
Although Bargie has declined to name the representatives of the foreign countries, he said he was initially offered 75 million euros which was later increased to US$250 million.
He added that after he refused the second offer he was approached again with a third offer. “The last one even annoyed me because it was a lot of money. But I will not repeat what I said to them because Allah will punish me. I was out of my mind and annoyed by the fact that another country will ask me to sell my country. That was how I was feeling. It would have been blood money, I swear to God that is not me. I will not use blood money,” he said.