(JollofNews) – Of late, we have witnessed flood gates of barrage of calls from a wide spectrum of people in the so-called struggle, calling for anything and everything under the sun, from “demonstrations”, “civil unrests” to war.
These calls emit from Folks in the so-called struggle through online radios, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, social media, emails, and phone calls and through other medium.
My brothers and sisters, I beg you, implore you, urge you, plead with you, demand and ask that you stop, refrain from, cease and desist immediately, at once, from making such calls, or anything along those lines.
I submit it is inconceivable, heartless and purely inhumane for people in the so-called struggle, while they sit in their “comfort zones” in America, Europe or wherever outside the Gambia, to pray for, wish for, ask for, appeal for or want war, civil disturbance, or anything along those lines that can result or have the potential to result in some kind of civil strife or unrest that could degenerate into a full-blown conflict or civil war, that could result in the loss of lives, from all sides, possibly tens of thousands of lives, over extended periods of time, after all is said and done, just because you want “change”, “change” of the current government.
Is that what you truly and sincerely want: For the Gambia to blow up in flames while you are in your “comfort zones” just because you don’t like the government? Alright, I got it, you, me, and many others, do not like the government, but going as far as appealing for, asking for, praying for, wishing for or wanting “some instability”, I submit, my brothers and sisters, that is purely inconceivable and inhumane. And when you examine or look at some of the people making these calls in their “comfort zones” you notice that many of them are former enablers of this same government, but now that, for whatever reasons, they found themselves in America, Europe or wherever, they do not care about the Gambian people no more, and instead want the country to blow up in flames.
That, my brothers and sisters, is not only inhumane, but purely cowardly as well. I urge you to refrain from any and all calls of instability. Of course, I am aware that the Gambian people, or the people who these calls are directed to, would not be deft enough to foolishly act upon these calls cowards are making in their comfort zones.
Now, let’s say there is an “instability” in the Gambia, and it results in some “unpleasant consequences”, such as “civil war”, would they care at all if their own families, parents, uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters and loved ones are caught in the “crossfire”? In other words, they are killed?
Yes, true, by the time the international community intervenes, a lot of destruction
would have taken place, and will be taking place. Common sense or lateral logic should dictate to you that the international community will not intervene unless and until there is actually a civil war; this is because the Gambia is a sovereign nation, and America, UK, Nigeria, Senegal or any other country for that matter, just does not intervene to “change” a government in a country because you have a bunch of people, including former enablers, in a cyber internet thing called so-called struggle say they want “change”. Things don’t work like that. Diplomacy does not work like that. The international community does not work like that.
When people in the so-called struggle are going to realise that they are just blowing hot air calling for the international community to intervene and “change” government in the Gambia because a bunch of them, including former enablers, say so? Things don’t work like that.
Further, this has been going on for years now, has it not? Yes, it has. If you save just couple hundred dollars a month, in less than a year you would have saved enough money to buy a return or one-way flight ticket from America to the Gambia, and you can take a week off work or whatever you do in America, Europe or wherever you are, and come do what you are asking people to do. Don’t you think you can do it yourselves?
Do not instigate others while you are away, thousands of miles away, in your comfort zones. It only takes about US$1700 for a return ticket and less for a one-way flight from America to the Gambia, or US$700 or less from the UK to the Gambia return ticket. Save few dollars, and in no time, you can buy a return or one-way flight ticket to the Gambia, and you can do what you are instigating people to do, while you are away, thousands of miles away in your “comfort zones”. How long have you been yelping for now on online radios, Blogs, Facebook, twitter, online papers, and social media? How long? Years, right?
Do not ask others to do what you cannot do. Talk is cheap. Set the standard by your example. Can you? Lead by example. Can you, would you? Practice what you preach, can you and would you ever?
Trust me, the Gambian people, including the opposition political leaders on the ground, know that “certain people” in the so-called all they want is for the Gambia to “blow up in flames”. The Gambian people, including the opposition leaders, have long figured out what “some people” in the so-called struggle are all about. The opposition political leaders just kind of play along with some of you, and consider some of you “the fools”.
God Bless the Gambian people.
Written by Abdul Savage
The author is a retired American soldier. He is a member of the US Military Order of the Purple Heart and Veterans of Foreign Wars.