Alagi Yorro Jallow
FATOUMATTA: I have just read some fallacious posts on social media by some fallacious social media activists from the Diaspora Gambian community reacting to the statements issued by the international community (the European Union and ECOWAS in its strongly-worded statements ) condemned extra-constitutional means of 3 years JotNa protesters, protesting to force the president to relinquish power honoring the 3 years ‘Laahiddo’.
Fatoumatta: Those Facebook test tube lawyers posted on social media that the European Union and ECOWAS cannot interfere in the internal affairs of the Gambia because the Gambia is a sovereign nation and so can take its decisions and not listen to any foreign country. Their postings are mired in contradiction of the contradiction. We have ‘Laahiddo’ with them!!
Fatoumatta: Listen, the Gambia cannot claim “sovereignty” when we belong to many global groups and have signed to their charters, including the management of human rights. If we want to be sovereign, then let’s annul the agreements; pull out of the UN, OAU, ECOWAS. let’s stop running to them to borrow. Let’s shut down our embassies. Let’s stop going there for medicals. Let’s stop sending our children to their expensive schools. Let’s stop wanting to occupy key posts in the UN etc. Let’s stop being a part of the global community.
Fatoumatta: I think we can be more diplomatic in our reactions and responses. Why does the ECOMIG mission be in the Gambia? Such matters are internal and “sovereign”. I think our approach now should be to thank all those making comments and assure them the government is in consultation with all parties and doing everything to resolve the matters. We cannot be antagonistic. We cannot depend on bravado. We need the ultimate diplomatic discretion. The world is too global. Such positioning and statements didn’t work under Yahya. They won’t work now.
Fatoumatta: America is huge. Most powerful. Other nations condemn some of their internal decisions under Donald Trump. America and the West are “interfering” in Hong Kong. Why didn’t China shout sovereignty? The world might as well have left South Africa with Apartheid. It was an internal matter in South Africa; a sovereign issue.
Fatoumatta: All nations are now linked, responsible to one another. That’s why tyrant leaders are shackled and face justice at The Hague. The last thing we want to do is to be branded and then ostracized. The world is moving away from this brand of nationalism.
Fatoumatta: I think our responses should be measured and be better crafted. When did Laahiddo become an issue in the Gambia? And when did Gambian started honoring and respecting Laahiddo’s?
Alagi Yorro Jallow