Jammeh, Conde and The Chartered Plane

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It was solely a matter of time for the dictator’s resolve to additional perpetuate himself in workplace to be badly damaged. President Yahya Jammeh had spurned all entreaties to give up the workplace he had held for 22 years. The top nevertheless got here with the December 1, 2016 vote. The folks of The Gambia had had sufficient of Jammeh, clearly, they usually expressed that in very clear phrases by voting him out.

However he refused to respect the need of the individuals, as he had indicated when he initially conceded defeat. In a number of journeys to the capital, Banjul, efforts by the ECOWAS leaders led by President Muhammad Buhari to get Jammeh to learn the writing on the wall had been futile.

What’s the submit on The Gambian wall? It’s that the tip of Jammeh’s dictatorship has come. Outdoors The Gambia, I imply throughout Africa, the top of dictatorship had lengthy come. The times of sit-tight leaders had lengthy been numbered.

For dictators throughout Africa, the get together is over. Jammeh’s endgame theatrics are a part of what have given vent to the widespread characterisation of Africa as a backward continent and why a world chief with a penchant for unguarded utterances would even dare recommend that Africa must be re-colonised.

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Within the case of The Gambia, there was some redemption although. The final-minute intervention by Guinean President Alfa Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz was to repay in the long run.

The 2 leaders had been in Banjul since Friday final week, attempting to steer Jammeh to drop his hardline posture that would solely finish in perdition because the ECOWAS troops have been actually subsequent door. He caved in, maybe on account of stress from the 2 leaders. However the issue was learn how to take the dictator out.

Now, President Conde, a private buddy of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had flown into Banjul within the Falcon jet leased by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Nationwide Chief and the airplane was nonetheless within the former’s possession.

On studying that the chartered airplane was going for use to ferry Jammeh out of Banjul to Conakry, Guinea, Asiwaju Tinubu’s solely situation as reported by some nationwide newspapers was that he had no objection if such would facilitate Jammeh’s fast exit, resolve the constructing political disaster, result in the restoration of democracy to the land and the return of President Adama Barrow to The Gambia to imagine his mandate.

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To him, this was the demand of President Muhammad Buhari-led ECOWAS mediation efforts and this demand was irreducible. Glad, the aircraft was good to go.

However there was this difficult drawback as I learnt: the aircraft would fly over Senegal’s air area enroute to Guinea and the Senegalese authorities wished to know the identities of these on board. They notably needed to know if Jammeh was contained in the airplane and whether or not he was continuing on exile.

The fears had been immediately doused by President Conde who reportedly mentioned the airlift of Jammeh was in deference to the demand of the ECOWAS leaders. Solely 5 individuals had been stated to be aboard the jet because it left Banjul. They have been President Conde, Jammeh, his spouse Zainab, mom, and son Mohammed. There have been reviews that Jammeh, his mum and spouse wore mournful look as they had been being pushed out of the State Home and brought in another country.

They have been expectedly unhappy all through the journey, an final result that might have been prevented if Jammeh had acted honourably and give up the stage with dignity after ruling for all of twenty-two years. Jammeh could have certainly written his epitaph: right here lies a frontrunner who refused to heed the demand of his folks to give up the stage.

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The report in an internet platform that the jet was used to ferry Jammeh’s loot put at $eleven million is mere fallacy. That may solely exist within the warped creativeness of the publishers of that on-line platform. It’s a typification of the lazy journalism that dots the media panorama. It’s what we name agbeleko, conjuring of stories, within the newsroom.

As soon as the author noticed within the information that a spokesman of the Adama Barrow authorities had alleged that some $eleven


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