A good part of the speech delivered by Her Excellency Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy in New York City during the71st Session of the UNGA in September 2016 on behalf of His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhagie Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, Babillimansa focused on the need for the president’s UN- sponsored resolution submitted for adoption that urges the West to repair the chronic damage done in Africa.
Indeed, President Jammeh as many world leaders have now acknowledged their appreciation and admiration for his courage and vision is once again showing his steadfastness to ensure that the African continent, its people and its descendants, wherever they are in the world are accorded the respect and dignity they deserve by recognizing this generation’s entitlement to comprehensive reparation.
Factoring of course the arbitrary balkanization of the African continent in the late 1800s by Europeans who never showed any respect to the territorial integrity of previously established nations, founded and developed on sustainable cultural and economic ties of divergent people that enjoyed common developmental and trade interests, to the subsequent division and exploitation of artificially-created populations forced to live together in non-viable nations, “Africa”, argues President Jammeh “deserves a reparation that will in effect not only remedy her weak economic position but will also help balance the imbalances caused by centuries of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Colonialism.”
He insists in these candid words that: “It is with a sense of mission and guided by moral imperative that I urge this General Assembly to accept the case of slavery and colonialism as a global issue which should be redressed without equivocation.”
The Gambian president further appealed to every nation to support the reparation agenda, expressing his gratitude to the African Group at the United Nations for constituting a working group insulated to push for an adoption, as soon as possible.
In his conclusion, he enjoins the world body to use every opportunity at their disposal to address such a burning issue of our time. He made it clear that the security and peaceful coexistence of the entire human family depends on the establishment and reinforcement of genuine relationships based on the collective recognition of the worthiness of all people and their sovereign nations.
It breaks President Jammeh’s heart to watch his counterparts do little or nothing at all in pursuing this critical obligation but would instead continue to play along with Europe’s persistence on African leaders to focus on human rights violations and never to hold them accountable to the heinous conquest, enslavement and colonization of Africa that destroyed millions of black lives and is still responsible for the impoverishment, humiliation and exploitation of millions more.
Some of these African leaders adopting Western ideas with the zest of converts-indoctrinated through institutionalized neo-colonization-are compelled into admitting that the problem of human rights in Africa should be the priority of all their labors and is the only issue that is holding back the progress of Africa and Africans.
However, since that speech was delivered at the UNGA in September 2016, I can attest to the fact that devoted efforts are being taken by UN experts in related committees working for its ultimate adoption. It’s a historic venture that upon its adoption, will sooner rather than later, help transform Africa into a greater continent than it has ever been in the past.
The task ahead seems insurmountable but with President Jammeh behind the honorable drive, we are all confident that the objective is attainable. After all, the key to all his successes, especially within the international community lies squarely on his special gift to acquire the most valuable allies coupled with his ability to understand the minds of almost everybody he deals with. That’s why Africans or black people all over the world refers to him as the most genuine African leader.
That said, I will conclude briefly sharing my observation over the upcoming November and December presidential elections in the USA and the Islamic Republic of The Gambia respectively. While in the America, pollsters for decades tend to always predict with reasonable accuracy about which candidate will ultimate win the elections, in the Gambia, the population generally take their hint about the possible winner from the national mood and opinions of the public. Hence, in the same scientific polls conducted so far about the outcome of the US November elections indicating that Hillary Clinton will win Donald Trump, the national mood and the overwhelming public opinions in Gambia suggest that President Jammeh will win and win the general elections big.
Surveyors from the furthest coastal village of Kartong in the west, to the last major town of Koina in the east including all villages and towns in the northern and southern banks of the River Gambia all agree that the population is very satisfied with the leadership of President Jammeh in every way one looks at track record. Gambians by large numbers happily approve the direction the president is taking the country when it comes to what concerns them most, ranging from the way he guarantees them a very peaceful country in a world literally falling apart from unnecessary political and civil strife to selfless commitment to ensure that Gambians enjoy an egalitarian society devoid of racial, ethnic, religious and political persecution. In other words, the nation under the diligent stewardship of President Jammeh allows every citizen the right to freely associate, assemble, discuss and participate in any form of political organization or activity as long as it does not pose a threat to the national security of the country or illegally infringes on the rights of other citizens to feel safe and protected.
On foreign policy, regardless of what detractors may want us to believe, the Gambian people would still prefer the steady hand of a well experienced leader in the character and fortitude of President Jammeh to get them through the next five years in a politically turbulent world where big nations disregarding their own flaws are quick to intimidate, bully and suppress small nations under the guise of spreading their “perfect” democracy.
Without doubt, whether America elects Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in November, independent-minded Gambians will feel better off having Babillimansa to deal with either of them than trusting a new leader who hopes to learn on the job. I think world leaders are now cognizant of the awakening reality that as small as the Gambia is, it is one special country led by a man of strength and integrity whose vision and resilience to independently govern his country cannot be corrupted or compromised.
As a matter of fact, if we are to honestly read deep into how democracy should actually be practiced, one will think that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is qualified to be president of the United States of America after every poll indicates, since their nominations, that over 60% of the American people don’t trust or like them and believe that they only want the job for their personal interest.
Daily evidences unfolding about both of them tend to support rather than deny their dishonesty and untrustworthiness which in my opinion disqualifies them for the presidency. It looks like Abraham Lincoln will be spinning in his grave when it becomes real in few weeks that the US democracy he had once-upon-a time defined as government of the people by the people for the people has elected an American president whose disapproval by the people registers 60% of the population.
In an ideal democracy where the concerns of the majority supersede the importance of dogmatic doctrines, it wouldn’t have been harmful to invoke a constitutional amendment that would allow a third term candidature or even abolish term limit, especially when over 50% of the population approve the performance of the serving president. Based on that, Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama would have certainly won third terms in office and would have perhaps proven far more effective than their replacements.
I am however hoping that this time around after Hillary or Donald is declared a winner on November 9th, and the loser concedes without any problems, Americans will no longer entertain the pompous notion that their government has the moral imperative to export to third-world countries the benefit of their democracy and human rights even if it means delivering such values by predator drones and stealth bombers. Of course the whole world is watching and taking note of the imperfect attributes of American democracy in this year of our Lord 2016.
Long live the Islamic Republic of The Gambia!
Long live the Gambian people!
Long live His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor Alhagie Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, Babillimansa, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed and Security Forces!
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