21 January 2013

Gambia: 'Operation No to EU Demands' Launched

The Kanifing Municipal APRC Youth Wing Saturday launched 'Operation No to EU demands' at a ceremony held at the Youth Monument in Westfield.

Attended by hundreds of people including Cabinet ministers, National Assembly members, KMC ward councillors, alkalolus and APRC militants, the ceremony was among other things meant to show to the whole world that the youths of KMC are behind President Jammeh who at the onset rejected the demands by the European Union.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Njogu Bah, the secretary general and head of the Civil Service who is also the minister of Presidential Affairs, called on the youths of the country to rally behind the president who he said has their interest at heart. He also applauded the KMC youths for rallying behind their NAMs and mayor to show solidarity with the president.

His words: "The president said he will do everything for you because you are the future leaders of this nation who will take up the mantle of leadership. The president will never betray you. Gambians should be grateful to God for giving us a leader who knows what the people want and doesn't tolerate disrespect because he believes that he is equal to any other leader at the UN General Assembly. The Gambia is a sovereign and an independent state and we will not be colonised again."

The Presidential Affairs minister stressed that any dialogue anyone wants to have with The Gambia has to be based on respect and not otherwise. He also told the EU to put its house in order. "He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. There is nothing here other than God, and President Jammeh believes in God and the people of The Gambia," he concluded.

On his part, Momodou Njie, Serrekunda Central Youth Mobiliser who also was part of the organising committee of the event, described President Jammeh as a God-fearing leader who wishes well for everyone. He declared that the youths of KMC are indebted to the president for the love and support he continues to show to them. He urged them to rally behind the president and ignore all those demands from the EU.

On his part, Jalikebba Susso, Serrekunda West Youth Mobiliser, said the Gambia is an independent state with its Constitution that was voted by the people through referendum."No other country or entity can force us to change our constitution," he declared.

Pierre Minteh, the APRC national youth mobiliser, described the gathering as another demonstration that the youths of KMC are very proud of their leader and will always be in solidarity with him on any step he takes. He commended the organising committee for a job well done.

Babou Gaye-Sonko, nominated National Assembly member, said the gathering was meant to show solidarity with the president and for the EU to know that Gambia is an independent state that no one can dictate to.

Yankuba Colley, the mayor of KMC and APRC national mobiliser, said the EU's points are from the 'opposition' who don't love this country. "They want to destabilise the country because our peace is our diamond and pride," he added.

Other speakers included Modou Picka Jallow, adviser to the organising committee; Mass Axi Gaye, the minister of Fisheries and Water Resources; and Kaddy Bah-Sidibeh, Bakau Constituency Youth mobiliser.

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