rapper Gee has criticized President Adama Barrow for donating 11million dalasi
(about $230, 000) to Gambia’s 2018 Muslim pilgrims who went to Hajj in Makkah.
Barrow, who took over from his long-term predecessor Yahya Jammeh, recently donated 11million dalasi (about $230 000) to Gambian Muslim pilgrims. Since the news was announced, his decision to do so has come under fire from some of the populace.
The controversial rapper accused Mr. Barrow of neglecting the country’s young people and the entertainment industry in most of his actions in office. “There is so much potential out here in a country where majority of the population is youth and most of them interested in entertainment or sports. It only takes little investment to turn this scene into a proper industry that would create 1000s of jobs both in the entertainment and sports industry put together,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“After that, you can take all the time in the world to build your bridges, conference centers and luxurious hotels without any pressure from us, since that is your development plan...When you tackle a problem, you start from the root. The youth are still taking the backway [irregular migration]. People prefer a life anywhere but here, if they had the option. You think having a new bridge or conference centre would change that? A lot of youths with so much potential and talent are here lurking around. With no help or anything in place for them to make use of the talent/gift that would benefit them and their families.”
In a different post, the frequently outspoken rapper wrote; “My concern now is our president’s priorities, a country where more than half of the population are youths: lack of jobs: youths still taking the backway, deported ones are back; hospitals in a very terrible state. But I guess the people President Barrow consider youths are well off to the point they’re sponsoring to build 10s of mosques.”
He said everyone have given Mr. Barrow benefit of the doubt when he ran for presidency because at that point people wanted anything except Jammeh. “Please, I don’t wanna be classified or put anywhere. I don’t even support a political party.”