Mar 13, 2020, 4:01 PM
President, the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State ended yesterday in Abuja. It’s
very important that the 15 member states including Mauritania which is not a
member of ECOWAS to work together to fight terrorism in West Africa.
Hundreds of people comprising soldiers and civilians have been killed these past years in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso as a result of terrorism.
The ECOWAS community should work on finding a lasting solution to stop killings by the armed jihadists and eradicate terrorism in the region forever.
The International community should also equip its security personnel to make sure that the jihadists, who are also very armed, are removed from the region. The ECOWAS member countries should also fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and counterfeiting.
More vigilance is needed to control our borders in terms of security, as drug trafficking and counterfeit in the CFA currency are on the rise.
Mr. President by next year, ECOWAS may start using the new common currency Eco. It is important that ECOWAS citizens are educated in both their official and local languages on how the money can be used and the exchange rates against other foreign currencies.
Mr. President, coming back to home affairs, last week we saw thousands of Gambians out in the streets protesting for your resignation from office after the three years you promised to stay during your campaign period.
The climax of this 3 Years Jotna has been reached and it’s very important that you open up for dialogue with this pressure group to avoid setting the country on fire.
Mr. President, it’s your responsibility as the president to invite politicians, 3 Years Jotna group, religious leaders, human rights activists and journalists to engage in this dialogue before 20 January 2020.
The 3 Years Jotna protesters have promised to stage another protest on the 20th January with or without permit.
We should not allow any disturbance in this country as it won’t be good for our economy and we can’t determine how long it will take to stabilise the country once the trouble starts.
Mr. President, we commend the 3 Years Jotna and the security personnel for a peaceful protest on 16 December, 2019, but it’s important that the protesters also know that in the interest of peace, we must all respect and uphold the constitution which states that a president is elected for 5 years. It is treasonable to force out of power a democratically elected government.
Finally Mr. President, we await your new year’s message to the nation, where we expect you to use the opportunity to address the nation on this 3 Years Jotna issue once and for all.
Mr. President, once again call for national dialogue and dialogue with your people.
Merry Christmas to you, your family, members of your government and all people living in The Gambia.