Deyda’s murder: we want justice to be done!

Friday, December 16, 2016

It is twelve years today since those yet-unknown killers destroyed Deyda Hydara’s physical frame, but failed to destroy his spirit, which has been living on and on.

His killers and their cohorts were misguided into thinking that after murdering Deyda Hydara in cold-blood, memories of him would be erased forever.

Instead, they have turned him into a legend. Like Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Deyda Hydara is now far greater in death than he ever was alive. His story shall be told and told until the end of time.

His killers failed to realise that people like Deyda Hydara, who dedicated their lives to a cause greater than themselves, become larger than life and death.

Deyda Hydara’s death marked a turning point in the practice of journalism in this country. Nobody expected it; nobody ever thought that such a foul act could be committed in The Gambia.

But before our very eyes, Deyda Hydara, the greatest Gambian fighter for press freedom ever, was gunned down at the wheel of his car.

Who killed Deyda Hydara? We are yet to know. But as law-abiding citizens, we expect the authorities, especially the incoming government, to do all they can to track down his killers.

Justice delayed is justice denied, and we feel that with a person of Deyda’s stature in this society, justice should have been seen to be done in his case, by now.

Whatever reason must have pushed his perpetrators to the killing of one of the illustrious sons of this land, who was a staunch believer in human rights and press freedom, these killers must be found and brought to justice; they must not go scot-free.

Governments exist to maintain law and order!

If a citizen of any country is killed, and his killers are still at large, the government is under an obligation to find and bring the killers to book.

Thus, this is the least we expect from the Government of The Gambia!

We sympathise with the family on this sad occasion of the anniversary of his brutal assassination, and pray that his soul rests in perfect peace!

We will continue the cause!

“It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.”

Samuel Johnson