Alagi Yorro Jallow
Fatoumatta: The result of arrogance and spiteful pride is a lesson to the men who think they wield so-called knowledge and power that helps them to calms the storms of vanity, foolish pride, and chest-thumping. These intellectual harlots of elderly diasporan who stand for nothing will continue to fall for anything. Therefore, I cannot sleep fully convinced that there is hope for the Gambia. In the general course of human nature, a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
People agitate, but they are not free to force others to churn. When so-called intellectual agitators start committing the same acts that they have accused the government of, they have lost moral authority, and their “struggles” shall yield only vanities. The sacred rights of humanity are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. As with a sunbeam, they are written in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself. They can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
Fatoumatta: It is incredible how many “agitators” in The Gambia and the Gambia Diaspora community have very little resistance against the broth of compromise. I do not take them seriously. Many of them do not even know what they profess. They presume that their minor personal frustrations should be accepted as national frustrations. When the foundations of “agitations” are not dug through rock, they cannot withstand the floods of official resistance. As I have written hitherto, as long as Gambians have refused to become sovereign Citizens faithfully, so long will they lament without comfort.
They ask for bribes to elect people without vision; why shouldn’t they perish? However, instead, they elect the profoundly corrupt, who, for a pittance, hire them to do dirty jobs for them. Why do they wonder that their country is adrift morally, economically, and socially?
They reject the beautiful ones with the profile to help lift their society only because they do not have the god of money at whose shrine many Gambians love to worship. So why should they complain about “bad leaders” that they have with their hands set up? Let them enjoy them.
Fatoumatta: I will not pity dishonest Gambians who refuse to reap what they have sown. You sow lusts, and you reap corruption. You sow laziness, and you reap hunger. You sow fraud, and you reap violence. You love privilege above labor, luxury without work, “anointing oil” without investment, and miracles without work. So why shouldn’t you reap disgrace?
It saddens me that so many diaspora Gambians and new Gambian strugglers hold a sense of entitlement of being appointed in top government jobs and foreign service, thinking it is their right to be helped government by neighbors or family members. They abuse you, judge you harshly, or even threaten you for not “helping” them. Neither government nor man is your god.
Besides, many cannot define the help they need, probably, because they have no vision. They may say, “I need a job.” Wait a minute. What skills do you possess? “Just give me a job, just any job, ” they respond.
As an activist or blogger, I find it difficult to understand why they would have an audacity and a sense of entitlement to ask the government to give them money or employment and read or listen to them. Why would they invite anyone to pay for their travel expenses and pay for their hotel accommodation; why will they expect government and vulnerable people to pay them for listening to them that can help awaken our soul to think better, make better choices, live a fruitful, joyful, peaceful, and contented life on earth, and eventually spend eternity with the Almighty God? Therefore, we must not think much about money or make it into our god.
The decision, decision, decision! Gambians, you make your choices, live with them, change your decision-making process, and enjoy life.
New dawn shall set in when a preponderance of Gambians value character above money, truth above falsehood, and a good name above silver and gold.
When divine judgment is being poured out against a people, and, instead of repenting, they egregiously deflect the blame to their “The President, “their punishment is stoked seven times hotter [Read Leviticus 26: 17-30].
Gambians, wake up to your backsliding! God has made your heaven brass and your ground iron.
Fatoumatta: Watch out! When you amend, the quality of your elites and intellectuals will improve. However, of course, your genuine elites and public intellectuals are your mirrors, and you hate to see yourself in them. However, nevertheless, that is your true reflection. Every people deserves their leaders.