The West is saying a ‘bunch of rubbish’

1 Jun
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“Yes, I am a dictator, yes, but what I have done in eighteen years in this country the British could not do it in a million years,” Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

By Modou S. Joof

“Now, some African leaders may not be as brave as others but they have realised that what they (the West) are saying is a bunch of rubbish and we should discard it and work together,” Yahya Jammeh said on Tuesday.

“I am not against anybody but injustice is unacceptable. You (the West) are ungrateful to us, and calling us all sorts of names is unacceptable,” President Jammeh told State TV upon return from Addis Ababa following the close of the AU’s 21st General Assembly.

According to Jammeh, anywhere you should stand as an African all what the West think of is that you are either HIV positive, a drug dealer or a dictator.

However, dictator does not mean anything to Jammeh. “A dictator is better than a vampire. Yes, I am a dictator, yes, but what I have done in eighteen years in this country the British could not do it in a million years,” he admitted. “So who is a dictator?”

Better governor

On May 28, Jammeh argued: “These are the sorts of things they, the West, use to divide Africans and create conflicts. Oh! Your neighbour is a dictator – there is bad governance – he is a violator of human rights.”

“But that is not true. Now, what is good governance for? Is to engender economic prosperity and the prosperity of the people and high living standards. If you build one High School and two hospitals in four hundred years, how many High Schools did I build in eighteen years?” he asked.

Also, Jammeh argued that if good governance is anything to go by, then he is a better Governor than the British who ruled The Gambia.

Jammeh, who seized power in July 1994, is often accused by western governments and human rights groups, of alleged human rights violations committed in the tiny West African nation.

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5 Responses to “The West is saying a ‘bunch of rubbish’”

  1. Njegann Njai June 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

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  2. Njegann Njai June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Mr Jammeh,
    Some of what you said about educational under-development, economic stagnation etc under British colonial rule is very true. They were only interested in exploiting us for their benefit only. Therefore, they built a couple of high schools whose graduates would ultimately fill junior positions in the expatriate government’s bureaucracy headed everywhere by caucasian British men.But under former president Jawara, there was no increase in the number of government high schools throughout his tenure of 29yrs since independence in 1965.


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