As the National People’s Party (NPP) Coordinator Scandinavian chapter consisting of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, I Yaya Dampha write to petition in defense of the Sarahule speaking community in The Gambia and the Gambian Diaspora community.
However, Abubakar Ousainou Darboe, the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) leader, made the most egregious remarks against the Sarehule/Soningara tribe on his recent country-wide political tour, accusing them of supporting and taking ownership of the National Peoples Party (NPP). In addition, Mr. Darboe said the Sarahule tribe did not vote for President Adama Barrow during the 2016 Presidential elections that elected President Barrow.
However, a few months ago, Lawyer Abubacarr Darboe made a similar outstandingly bad and shocking attack on the Fulani community throwing tribal jibes, “if the UDP Leader was a Fula no one would have his party of tribalism.” So does Mr.Darboe retain his emotional balance and dynamic intelligence intact? So is everything all right with Mr. Abubacarr Ousainou Darboe? Or is he suffering from a form of dementia or experiencing being senile that robbed him of his short-term memory or by old age?
The National People’s Party is a Gambian party based on diversity and belief in multiculturism consisting of all peoples of creeds and religious faiths and tribes and in the seven administrative regions of The Gambia. However, unfortunately, party leader Mr. Abubacarr Ousainou Darboe failed to understand that every region and tribe in the Gambia is adequately represented in NPP, unlike the UDP, which portrays itself and its membership all these years as a Mandinka party advocating for an ethnic-chauvinism ideology of “Badinyaa faasa.”
Mr. Darboe must understand that going after tribes is the worst political approach any politician can take in a diverse, multicultural country like the Gambia. So let us reflect on some of the political blunders and rhetorical political statements and some of the many political errors the opposition UDP leader manifested in his political rallies and media outings.
Yes, wisdom comes with age, and old age defines closeness to God. Unfortunately, at 73, the veteran Gambian legal luminary and politician Abubakar Ousainou Darboe made three fatal errors in his utterances in the last two years. A man of his age and standing typified regrettable judgemental lapses.
By being an opposition politician and one time part of President Barrow’s Coalition and Tactical Government, I think he should be deeply familiar with state protocols and understand the right words or statements to be used on a political platform.
The UDP leader stated that the Upper River Region (URR) administrative region should not prioritize the current government’s mega road constructions and the building of bridges. He also threatened that the people of that region “URR people knows me very well, I will make them open their eyes under the sun should you offend me.” His last two remarks are outrageous and unpalatable to the Sarahuleh and the Fula communities, particularly Gambian people. We, the members of the NPP, strongly condemned such appalling and shocking political rhetorical political statements unbecoming of a leader of the main opposition and a senior member of the Gambian Bar.
What is happening to senior counsel Mr. Abubakar Ousainou Darboe?
Has old age caught him to the extend that he is losing his excellent judgment and memory? He recently also said he was the one who brought the bridges and road projects to URR. However, did he forget his earlier statement that the Upper River Region and the capital city Banjul roads are not and should not have been the government’s priority intervention areas? He said those infrastructure projects should have been taken to the Nianija constituency in the Central River Region instead. Did Darboe forget these condescending and cheap remarks?
Ethnic conflict is the worst and shameful form of African confrontation. At nearly 80 Darboe should be laying a good legacy and promoting peace, stability, pluralism, and to a
Every Gambian should cherish the mutual coexistence of all Gambians irrespective of creed, religion, tribal, and political affiliations. No political brinkmanship should compel any politician to be talking tribal
However, Mr. Abubakar Ousainou Darboe, and party leader of the UDP, demonstrates his lack of confidence and total loss of advisers when making political remarks. Making such dangerous and irresponsible political remarks and allowing