BANJUL, THE GAMBIA - JANUARY 26: Men hang a banner for the inauguration ceremony of Gambian President Adama Barrow prior to his return on January 26, 2017 in Banjul, The Gambia. Barrow had been staying in Senegal after authoritarian ex-president Yahya Jammeh refused to step down following December election results. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

The Gambia: A nation in need of firm leadership

Our local politicians are unraveling their true colors to Gambians. It is becoming clearer that the promise to expose Jammeh’s barbarity and seeking swift and fair justice for his many victims were simply used as a cheap political mean to get elected; these victims are left on their own and their plight championed only by diasporans and few local activists.

The government that is elected to expeditiously fulfill a key campaign pledge is frustratingly slow in making good on it, shattering hopes for justice and creating the ground for vengeance and disruption of peace. Our society and any society that is not keen on dispensing justice for heinous crimes cannot possibly sustain law and order.

APRC militants are exploiting our government’s misplaced policies to provoke and agitate traumatized citizens and communities in the guise of democracy and freedom of assembly.

But this political cult which aided and abetted the worst human rights violations and economic crimes in our history is not the only one testing and or benefiting from the chaotic, disorderly and ineffective national security and legal direction and coordination of the Barrow administration.

Armed robbers and petty thieves are roaming around carefully targeting their victims and disappear without a trace – elevating fear, anxiety and insecurity in the population.

President Barrow must show leadership by being assertive, proactive and engaging. The well being, protection, safety and security of Gambians fall under his responsibilities and if he fails to do that, history will not be that kind to him. Surrounding himself with people who are there for the glamour of power, privilege and influence as was the case in the Jammeh administration will be very dangerous for our country.

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