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The world unites on Gambia



There can be no better situation than that in which the Economic Community of West Africa, the African Union, and the United Nations are unanimous and preparing to ensure that the winner of the December 1, 2016 presidential election in The Gambia, Adama Barrow, is sworn in as the President, come January 19, 2017, as due.


I cannot be happier. May God Almighty never cease to bless all those who are collaborating to see that justice is done in The Gambia. I find no authority corroborating the claim of the President, Yahya Jammeh, that the election was marred by irregularity that is serious enough to warrant annulment of the election monitored by many international observers, even though Jammeh keeps saying that the Almighty Allah is his own witness.

After a successful completion of its mission in The Gambia, by the grace of the Almighty Allah, the international community should help to beam its searchlight on what is termed Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria. I remain convinced, as a Nigerian living in Nigeria that it is official terrorism based on politicisation of Islam and Christianity by Nigeria’s rulers who fail to respect religious freedom, as guaranteed in Nigeria’s secular constitution.

In many schools you find yourself in Nigeria, from the kindergarten to university levels, Christianity and Islam are pronounced as Nigeria’s religions, and as such, the people are, generally speaking, divided along innumerable Christian and Islamic denominations.

Wherever Christians are in the majority and are dominant, politically and otherwise, Muslims and other non-Christians are marginalised, cheated, and exploited, as much as possible; vice versa in respect of a Muslim majority, generally speaking of course.

Secondly, the innumerable and radically diverse Christian and Muslim denominations also play sectionalism among themselves.

When will a majority-minority mentality and practice not ensue in one form of terrorism or insurgency? That is what Nigeria’s constitutional secularity aims at preventing, but stoutly resisted by Christian and Muslim elites, even in some universities! International unity against injustice should become the norm, and used to reposition countries such as Nigeria, where oppression, suppression, and exploitation of the minority and the less privileged prevail.

In Cross River State, Governor Ben Ayade was going to outlaw assembly prayer in religiously pluralistic schools, but the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, pressured him out of it. So, it is not only Muslims who are guilty as charged. CAN allowed itself to be used by the former President Goodluck Jonathan, against Boko Haram, and in some other scandalous ways. Hence, the international investigation into the Nigerian situation will be of tremendous help towards socio-political and economic sanity. The legislature has failed to reorder Nigeria for peace and stability.

Similarly, how can university workers be asked to choose their own annual leave, individually, rather than the university closing for vacation? A secretary or bursar will be on leave when the university is in session. It is part of Nigerian factor oh!


Source: punch