Since the departure of the former President Yahya Jammeh to Equatorial Guinea, it is being spotted that a number of his supporters from the APRC have the tendency to disturb order and challenge the status quo as they express their grievance over the demise of APRC regime.
Nevertheless, whenever the government (through the Ministry of Interior) acts accordingly to curb these reported chaoses and violence, some politicians at the other end of the political spectrum will describe this as a hindrance to the reconciliation process, and they show their sympathy with perpetrators, who will be depicted as victims in their eyes.
Alternatively, When the government becomes tolerant and reconciliatory, they describe this as a sign of weakness, as they accuse the government of unorderly actions, while perpetrators’ violation of laws and public orders are overlooked purposely.
Yet, this raises the legitimate question of whether Gambia will be able to achieve its long-awaited democracy and rule of law amid this widespread hypocrisy of specific politicians and their supporters.
Apparently, they are resorting toward constructing their own reality to avoid antagonizing APRC, as the horizon of rapprochement with the APRC leadership is imminent.
This tick-tack political game should be circumvented to address the common threat that is being advanced by few APRC supporters.
What unfolded today in Kanilai is not a Foni issue neither a Jola issue as portrayed by some on social media; rather, this so-called protest is mobilized and orchestrated by few APRC supporters and they work hard to portray it as a Foni issue.
Foni is not reduced to Foni Kansala or Kanilai, neither are all Fonika APRC supporters. Patriotic Gambians within the five districts of Foni are not and will not involve in such action in the name of democracy, and in a bid to revive the memory of Jammeh, who killed and brutalized tens of innocent Fonikas.
What you see in the picture are those APRC supporters, who still have it difficult to comprehend the change that happened. This could be ascribed to the fact that many of them have lost the privilege of being Jammeh’s associate or being an APRC supporter.
However, what they fail to understand is the fact that Kanilai is not an autonomous region that is self-administered. Kanilai is part and parcel of the Gambia, and the authorities have all jurisdiction over its affairs and its people.
Thus, it is up to the government to deploy any number of military personnel as well as any foreign troops that are being legally mandated to be stationed in The Gambia to beef up the security of the country wherever a threat is perceived to emanate.
This fact should be communicated to these APRC supporters to know their limits as citizens and their political rights as Gambians.
Moreover, these few supporters of the former regime should understand that Gambia as a state was not built to be ruled by one individual in the name of Yahya Jammeh
Holding this belief is akin to the death of loyalty to the nation and its institutions.
Gambia as a state with its three component (people , territory, sovereignty) is here to stay, while governments are designed to be alternated. The integrity of Gambia and its security and that of its people should be overlooked in the pursuit of personal gains.