By Buba Gagigo
Yahya Jammeh, the former president of the Gambia, has promised his supporters that he will return to the country and develop it once again.
“I promise that by the grace of God, I will return to The Gambia and develop the country as I promised you during my time in office. There are those who believe that I do not want to return, or that I am ignorant of the suffering of the Gambian people. I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. If anyone is suffering more in their heart about the suffering of the Gambian people, it is me, Yahya Jammeh.” the former Gambian president said.
Jammeh, who has been in exile in Equatorial Guinea since 2017, said he is aware of the suffering of children and women in the Gambia and promises to fix the problem when he returns. However, he did not give a specific date for his return.
“I am deeply saddened by the fact that more than fifty-one thousand Gambian primary school children dropped out in 2021. This is a tragedy for our country. I wanted to make Gambian women and children proud of themselves and be the envy of the world, but now they are suffering. It feels like we have gone back to the stone age. The children are not going to school, there is no security, there is no happiness, and prices are skyrocketing. I know that this is a test from Allah, and I am confident that we will overcome it. With the help of Allah, I will fulfill all the promises I made to the Gambian people.
“I also urge all Gambians to forget about tribalism. Tribalism is evil. We must unite as one nation, one people, for the development and prosperity of our motherland and Africa.”
he made this comment while talking to his supporters via a telephone call from Equatorial Guinea.
Yahya Jammeh is currently living in exile in Equatorial Guinea, which has no extradition treaty with The Gambia. Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule in the Gambia was marked by widespread abuses, including forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and arbitrary detention.