Sometimes you might think you really have it bad as a Nigerian, but when you look out of your window to fellow African countries you can’t but thank God that we at the minimum enjoy the benefit of the leadership of a benevolent dictator clad in the garbs of constitutional democracy no mater how inept, corrupt or intolerant. On Sunday night, I was opportuned to stumble upon the comments of newly “re-elected” Gambian leader, 41 years old maximum ruler Yahya Jammeh, a man that have ruled his country with an iron fist for the past twelve years since seizing power in 1994 in a military coup and transforming himself to a civilian dictatorship in a rigged 1996 polls that saw international aid cut extensively to this tiny impoverished nation with a population size less than the number of area boys in Lagos.
In any case, after “winning” the last election over the previous weekend, Jammeh addressed a thundering conference in which amongst other things he said and I quote: “Let me tell you one thing. The whole world can go to hell. If I want to ban any newspaper, I will, with good reason,” he further went on to say, “This is Africa and this is the Gambia, a country where we have very strong African moral values. … If you write Yahya is a thief, you should be ready to prove it in a court of law. If that constitutes lack of press freedom, then I don’t care.” As usual this has been a very good cover ploy for African dictators that seek to oppress their own people, stealing from us for centuries and settling in their decadent opulence while playing the rubbish race card of “This is Africa” as if we are some backward primitive age humans who only understand force and who do not deserve to be governed by men willing to answer to civilized democracy and the wish of the people.
Indeed, Jammeh represent a group of fast disappearing African rulers that I posit will rather be crushed than surrender to the fast moving whirlwind of popular democracy. He has been said to have made known his intention to rule Gambia for the next thirty years. To that I say dream on dictator. Somewhere in the desert some adept snipers are working very hard to take you out very soon, while you enjoy your own ultra masturbatory preoccupation with megalomaniac invincibility. For long, the people of Africa like Gambians have been taken in by these half baked military men that have longed to be sole administrator over the affairs of their fellow men. Most of them come from a background of hate, poverty and disapproval. Most of them like IBB, Abacha, Idi Amin, Mobutu, Bokasa, Banda and indeed Jammeh suffer from serious psychological and psychiatric problems turning them into sadistic dictators that get power drunk and derive maximum pleasure from the suffering of their fellow citizens.
How else can you explain it when in the same press conference Jammeh invoked the twin camouflage of the unbridled use of the name of God and neo-colonization to defend against possible international intervention? Hear him rant when he said, “My World Bank has always been the almighty Allah and he will always remain my World Bank. I don’t look up to anybody but the almighty Allah to develop this country. The mere fact that we are poor does not mean that we have lost our sovereignty. The mere fact that we are poor does not mean that we can become somebody’s stooge or poodle.” He sure needs his head examined I must say. Which Allah or World Bank can bear the suffering he has sentenced the poor people of Gambia that he so seeks to rule in the past year to?What concrete achievement can he point to? How many bridges, roads and schools has he built? How many industries have sprouted in the locust years he has dominated the political landscape of this nearly landlocked country that he bestrides like an endemic pestilence? In a country with so much widespread illiteracy that people had to use marbles to vote instead of ballot papers, we have a ranting fool that wants us to believe he is some second god that hears directly from Allah- idiotic! Some might call you colossus Jammeh, but to me you are nothing but a pest.
Listening up until this point, he just sounded like another braggadocio. More like an Obasanjo that has a diarrhea of the mouth than an Idi-Amin. But I changed my mind when he said the following, “I don’t believe in killing people. I believe in locking you up for the rest of your life. Then maybe at some point we say, oh, he is too old to be fed by the state, we release him and let him become destitute, then everybody will learn a lesson from him.” Oh my God! Africa is in deep shit, deep trouble if this kind of people attend the so called African Union. Where is our spines oh African men, where are we? While Jammeh and his brigands rape your women and plunder your land, where are the real men in Gambia? Jammeh and his likes do not deserve the common decency of living among men; he should either be in a psychiatric ward or some kind of prison with these kinds of statements in a supposedly meritorious “post-election” press conference.
It is useful to mention at this point that I have drawn from the words of this moronic African dictator to show my fellow Africans and indeed Nigerians that the battle of the black race has just begun. We are our own worst enemies. There is no need to sugar coat reality- it is the likes of Jammeh that make you and I look bad to the rest of civilized world. This kind of barbarity that has been persistently tolerated in our continent dehumanizes every one of us. Often I wonder if these rulers and dictators can achieve their feat without some minimum level of civilian support. I doubt it. For one Jammeh has a body guard, is this body guard not thinking of his country, his motherland, his humanity or future generations yet unborn? Is he satisfied just being fed fat by this rabid dictator while his land is raped, people humiliated and subjugated. Time will tell if Jammeh’s body guard is reading this. Time will tell.
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