By Lamin Ceesay
An opposition leader in the Gambia has called on Gambians to launch a sustained campaign against the government of President Yahya Jammeh in order to restore true democracy and the rule of law in the West African nation.
Mai Ahmed Fatty, leader of the Gambia Moral Congress party (GMC), said it is the fundamental desire of every Gambian live in freedom and decency in a country not defined by fear, affiliation or affinity.
The Gambia is currently on an edge following last week’s crackdown on oppositions supporters who were demanding for electoral reform and the resignation of President Yahya Jammeh.
An untold number of opposition supporters were arrested and there are unconfirmed reports that some of those arrested were tortured and killed in detention.
The Gambia government has since defended the crackdown on the protesters and have since filed criminal charges to 19 people including Ousainou Darboe, leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
But Mr Fatty, who is running his party in exile, appealed to Gambians to unite and step up the fight against the Gambian regime.
“We desire being served by our government as our “servants” and not otherwise,” Mr Fatty wrote on his Facebook page.
“No Gambian wants to be killed, tortured or abused for expressing his/her rights. We are not enemies into each other and we should not encourage rhetoric and acts that balkanizes us.
“Our human decency must prick us to continue sustaining the momentum for a decent society – including fighting for decency even for those we may disagree with. Those arrested, tortured or killed are Gambians. We cannot rest and will not rest until justice is done; until we change the circumstances that created those criminal phenomenon.”