Gambia needs an issues-focused leader, not a celebrity loving president

Gambia needs an issues-focused leader, not a celebrity loving president

The Gambia’s ruling party has invited a dozen Nigerian actors and actresses in hopes to influence the outcome of the presidential elections. The actors and actresses came under sharp criticism with Gambians warning them to stay away from their politics.

But Nigerian celebrities are not the only ones profiting from Gambian politicians. Senegalese musicians and sportsmen especially have had many special treatments from The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Following in the footsteps of Mr. Jammeh is a former ruling party parliamentarian Mama Kandeh, who is also challenging Jammeh in the polls. Kandeh fell out of favor with Jammeh leading to his expulsion from Jammeh’s APRC party.

Kandeh’s GDC party has also invited a Senegalese musician Salam Diallo to campaign for him. Both Mr. Jammeh and Mr. Kandeh are in violation of the country’s electoral laws, which prohibits the use of non-Gambians in political campaigns.

It is unpatriotic, insulting and disrespectful to Gambians and our sovereignty to use non-Gambians in hopes to influences the outcome of a presidential campaign.

Gambians are looking for a change and not a continuation of two decades of economic backwardness and funding of foreign celebrities in the middle of a budgetary deficit.

President Yahya Jammeh has given thousands of dollars, Gambian diplomatic passports, and properties to foreign celebrities. We will recover them back and restore the dignity of our nation.

The Gambia needs an issues-focused leader, not a celebrity loving president. Our country is too broken. We have the economy, education, agriculture, healthcare, energy, commerce, and literally every sector to fix. Above all, we deserve some respect!

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