A giant billboard of The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has been defaced by an unknown person after some citizens voiced outrage at the ‘personality cult.’
A spray paint was used to write ‘no personality cult’ on a billboard advertising the inauguration of President Barrow, which coincides with the country’s 52nd anniversary celebrations.
Many Gambians are opposed to having billboards of the new leader around the Gambia, a practice that was common with former dictator Yahya Jammeh.
The practice they say may encourage Barrow to become a dictator.
Supporters of the president say they are not trying to mystify the new ruler but advertise his inauguration, which is a national event directly related to him.
After Barrow’s victory, billboards of the former President Yahya Jammeh were pulled down by supporters of the coalition.
At Christmas, billboards that were usually of Mr. Jammeh were replaced by campaign posters, #GambiaHasDecided demanding that Jammeh steps down during the political standoff that rocked the country.
The police may not be seeking the those that vandalized the Barrow poster but it shows that the country has really ushered into a new era. Before Jammeh’s unceremonious exit, no one would have thought to deface a poster of the longtime ruler.
(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Photo by Muhammed M Mbowe)