The leadership of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has issued a statement paying respect to the country’s former Ambassador to Serra Leone, Femi Peters, who died a week ago.
Peters was an executive member of United Democratic Party who has been imprisoned severally in country’s 22-year dictatorship. He was released from detention a little more than a year ago following Jammeh’s electoral defeat.
GDC said it mourns the “icon we regarded as a beacon of righteousness who sacrificed everything, including his precious life in pursuit of justice and true democracy for our beloved Nation”.
“We are deeply saddened by this great loss of a true patriot who should have been leaving to witness the fruits of democracy he helped created from his 22 years of struggle and sacrificed against tyrannical rule,” the party said in a statement issued on Sunday.
The party of ex-parliamentarian, Mama Kandeh said the late Femi Peters endured untold sufferings during the reign of tyranny but remained steadfast to liberate us from the shackles tyranny to the journey of democracy.
He was buried this week and many said they are dismayed that the “freedom fighter” was not given a state funeral. He was a champion of peaceful assembly and expression who defied draconian laws that seek to curb these rights.
Femi Peters is the fourth person that was jailed by the autocratic regime of Yahya Jammeh since the April 2016 opposition protests to have died.
Lamin Marong and Ebrima Ceesay are among the first freed political prisoners to die of suspected health complications they suffered while being jailed amid reports of torture and poisoning.
(Reporting and Writing by Mustapha Darboe; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)