The former Chief of Staff of Ex-President Yahya Jammeh says the autocratic ruler’s propaganda book, “A million reasons to leave Commonwealth” was a mere collection of speeches.
Momodou Sabally, Jammeh’s former Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister is a writer and told the Commission of Inquiry that Jammeh filled the book with his past speeches.
Jammeh got excited and carried away by the research work of a U.S. Professor Donald Wright. Wright is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, Emeritus, at SUNY-Cortland and wrote the book “A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia.”
“I would not call that book. It was just a mere collection of his speeches,” said Mr. Sabally. “Jammeh just got excited when he was Donald Wright’s work and how President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the plight of the people with Prime Minister Winston Churchill.”
Jammeh withdrew the Gambia’s membership from the Commonwealth and authorized the printing of thousands of copies of the books costing the state millions.
A special aide was assigned by Jammeh to oversee the compilation of his speeches in which he lambasted the West. Jammeh frequently attacks Western nations and expelled their diplomats.
He poses as an African strongman, mimicking his mentor, Libya’s Col. Moammar Ghadaffi. He called the Commonwealth a neo colonial institution after the organization raised concerns over his repressive rule.
Jammeh unexpectedly withdrew from the Commonwealth in 2013 and “decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism.”
Gambia also shockingly decided that Jammeh will not be its leader last year and voted new President Adama Barrow to replace him.
In a not so surprising move, President Barrow reversed some of Jammeh’s unilateral decisions, including his withdrawal of the Gambia’s Commonwealth membership.
The Barrow administration, which has formally notified the Commonwealth of its return is also probing Jammeh’s mismanagement of taxpayers’ monies, part of which the printing of Jammeh’s so-called book came into question.