Monday, 12 March 2012 12:11(JollofNews) – The last two years have seen peculiar happenings, in terms of the political developments across Africa, especially so north of the Sahara.
The so-called North African Spring started off with a simple surge of anger in a rather disillusioned, unemployed youth in Tunisia and ended with the uprooting of one of the most powerful and ruthlessly entrenched despots the world has known.
Little did any of us envisage such an outcome.
But like the unlikely demise of the late Leader of the Great Jamahiriya, Col. Muammar Ghadafi, so many things have happened within this same period that could have been equally unimaginable, like the situation Senegal`s Abdoulaye Wade find himself in today. Again, no one might have thought, on seeing that old man standing side by side with senior Libyan National Transitional Council members in Benghazi, that he would soon be left in the same position as Ghadafi was.
No doubt the question in many minds is: what is in Gorgi’s mind now. Is he sympathising with the poor Ghadafi?
In less than two weeks we shall know the outcome.
But for now, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the north African and Senegalese situation – and that is that people`s power is the ultimate.
In other words, there is so much the masses can condone, and if you fail to give them they will soon demand it. What that old man Wade is going through now is long overdue.
But Senegalese are not alone. Gambians, for one, very well identify with their cousins across the border. And that is why what is happening in Senegal should matter to Yahya Jammeh and his supporters. Alternative views, too, counts!
The opposition concerns need be paid attention to. We cannot call what we have in Gambia democracy if things continue to be a matter of one person [Jammeh].
The questionable character of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is of utmost concern to all. To address present opposition concerns could be a good start towards amending the flaws of the electoral body.
For the opposition, you must not expect a smooth ride. If need be you must go out and demand what you want. Learn from the Senegalese next door. The role of opposition is not just about winning the presidency; it is about making change with the use of your status as an alternative government. Let this seeming unity in concern continue…
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