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Bakawsu Fofana: Sit-tight Barrow not good for Gambia

Updated: May 28, 2019

By Sainey Darboe:

Prominent Islamic scholar, Bakawsu Fofana, has issued chilling warning of dire consequences if president Barrow chooses the path of self-perpetuation at State House.

Speaking in an interview with The Fatu Network, Bakawsu assessed:

“His government is not here to stay long in office as per the coalition agreement. The coalition was formed based on knowledge and foresight for the fact that no one party can defeat Jammeh at the polls. So, they came together to change the government and make reforms. The coalition president should not be sit-tight because that is not good for the country. I think Barrow should honour his promise to the people.

“These people [coalition] also agreed on a three-year transition government. Adama had been with us and he was very calm and some were even saying Adama doesn’t talk much but as a result of this three years talk, he is now a changed man and is aggressive”.

President Barrow’s pivot towards consolidating his tenuous grip on power punctuated by naked aggression and firings, according to the strident scholar, draws comparisons with Jammeh’s attitude at some point during his rule.

Added Bakawsu:

“This is why people should be circumspect when it comes to the position of president. Yaya Jammeh started executing people when Barrow [Basiru Barrow] said they will be in power for only six months and many lives were lost. And now, President Barrow is getting more and more aggressive; lots of sackings and is seeing many as enemies now.”


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