First and foremost, let me make a disclaimer here that my contentions here this time are not against leaders in the diaspora. My contentions are against the disunity, or lack of unity, among these diasporan leaders to come together under one umbrella to fight a shared and common enemy we all agreed we have and share. There is strength in unity. United action is eloquent and effective. So, my intention here, as it has always been, and will always be, is for unity in this diaspora struggle. Our genuine disporan leaders need to set aside their egos, ambitions and self-centered perspectives for the common good of our country.
Some of the leaders in the diaspora have rightfully and predictably seen that the writing is on the wall for Jammeh to vacate power by any and all means soon, and as such, these leaders in the diaspora are now jockeying for fame, glory and eventual positions, hence will probably enrich themselves at the expense of the Gambian people. What a ploy.
However, it is sad. The Gambia is bigger than any and all of us.
Of late, there has been so much chatter and tension for Jammeh’s regime to vacate power in the Gambia, that it is beginning to be a sub-religion for some, and an “untouchable” subject for others. And the pot is boiling so hot that Jammeh himself is feeling the steam so much that he is not oblivious to it.
And as much as some diasporan leaders are strategizing to get him out, he is equally planning to make, what I will call, “a graceful exit”, or planning to continue to stay on power as long as he possibly can. He will probably just continue to make, here and there, now and then, few gestures to steer away some heat, at home and abroad.
This Monster is playing a cat-and-mouse game with the international community and our people back home, while all at the same time, professing to the international community and some of our people at home that he is the victim of an over-zealous struggle, with no mandate of the people at home. Hence, this is more of another reason to show to the international community and our people at home and outside, that this struggle does project some sort of unity, not exhibiting patches of disunity and fragmentation.
The miscalculated part of it all is that while Jammeh is playing a cat-and-mouse game, some diasporan leaders in the struggle are using that to their benefit to gain fame, glory and attention, or even financial rewards, in order to further position themselves for power post-Jammeh.
And another thing I have noticed in this diaspora is that of personal attacks, and what I will call childish innuendos and cheap publicity stunts or maneuvers. While some are working to bring unity in this struggle so that we can defeat our shared and common enemy, some among us have egos and ambitions beyond imagination, and are engaging in childish innuendos and personal attacks and publicity stunts to discourage us to bring unity among us so that we can fight and defeat a shared and common enemy. Their egos and ambitions are more important to them than the interests of the Gambia.
And these personal attacks are doing nothing to unite us to fight a shared and common predicament.
Yes, true, in our public and private engagements, I expect that we might disagree with each other, which is natural, but we Must, repeat, MUST, RESPECT each other. By respect I mean we do not engage in personal attacks, name-calling, innuendos and other disrespectful maneuvers. If we do not disagree, then I submit that something is terribly wrong with such an engagement. So,
disagreement is natural and expected. But RESPECT, RESPECT, must be present and evident. Hope I am able to make my point clear here.
I will reiterate this same contention I made in another previous piece:
Why can’t all these factions or entities in the diaspora set aside egos, ambitions and self-centered perspectives, and come together to fight that Monster in any and all ways and means for the good of the country?
Are the egos, ambitions and self-aggrandizations of some leaders in the diaspora more important than the interests of the Gambia?
And don’t tell me it is good and healthy that we have all these entities and factions in the diaspora. No, it is not healthy, nor good or conducive for conducting business.
We can have all these factions and entities back home post-Jammeh in the Gambia in the name of democracy, but not here, in the diaspora, at a time when we have a shared and common enemy, and facing an indivisible predicament.
The Gambia is bigger than any one group and or entity.
Retired, US Army
Member, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Veterans of Foreign Wars
MR ABDUL SAVAGE IS A RETIRED UNITED STATES ARMY. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ARE HIS OWN AND MAY NOT REFLECT THOSE OF NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS AND ITS PARENT COMPANY THE GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AND ITS AFFLIATES.