Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:36(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia Tuesday accused the United States and Great Britain of plotting to topple his government.
Mr Jammeh who seized power in a military coup in July1994, said the United States and Britain want to topple his government to gain unrestricted access to the country’s vast natural resources including oil.
In a statement delivered on state television, Mr Jammeh said his military coup has 'definitively' and 'truly' asserted Gambia’s independence from their 'colonialist' and 'neo-colonialist' hegemony thereby ending all their hopes of exploiting our natural resources to the detriment of The Gambia. He added that the two countries have since used various attempts including sponsoring a coup plot to topple him in November 1994.
The alleged leader of the coup plot, Lieutenant Basirou Barrow and an untold of number of senior and junior military officers inluding Lt Saye were summarily executed at the Fajara and Yundum Barracks and later buried in unmarked graves.
Mr Jammeh said some of the alleged coup plotters including two former ministers who escaped arrest were given asylum in UK and the US.
He added “Since that coup plot failed and up till today, these two Western powers have continued in their relentless efforts to destabilise this country desperately using every means possible from sponsoring coup plots to financing the opposition and mounting a vigorous smear campaign consisting of outrageous lies and false allegations against he Gambia.”
Mr Jammeh whose government has over the years come on the spotlight for its poor human rights record, said while he habours no ill will against Washington and London, he will not surrender the Gambia’s sovereignty, natural mineral and petroleum resources to ‘old vampires and present-day locusts’.
“These two Western powers and their surrogate allies continue to vilify this government and noble country,” he said.
The Gambian leader also accused the US of trying to use a maritime security agreement to gain total control and exploitate the Gambia’s territorial waters including the boarding and searching of all vessels entering and leaving the Gambia.
"Obviously, knowing your president, this agreement was not only rejected outright, but led to the dismissal of the then permanent secretary at Ministry of Defence, Pa Harry Sambou, who as it turned out to be, had already approved for signing this agreement that would have led to the total surrender of our sovereignty to the United States of America, and by extension their cousins, the British,” he said.
Written by PK Jarju
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