Formal president of United States of America, George W. Bush is known for many things among which is his famous blanket statement about Africa “…Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” Africans were not amused by this statement. People were quick to point out so many factors that differentiate us from one another, some were true but others – not so much
George W. Bush statement about Africa having incredible disease is to a large extent was true. Take for example the President of The Gambia Alhaji Yahya Jammeh who was recently ‘crowned’ as the West Africa’s King of Impunity. Gambia: MFWA Crowns the President of the Gambia ‘West Africa’s King of Impunity’ by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
Impunity is one of many issues that African countries have in common so when I read this:
The MFWA calls on governments in West Africa, the ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations to help combat this enormous problem and pressure the Jammeh government to adhere to the rule of law and fulfil its regional and international human rights treaty obligations.
Calling on West Africa? Certainly not Nigeria given impunity is the order of the day for our public officials. High profile murder cases Bola Ige, Ken Saro Wiwa, Dele Giwa and the ongoing killing spree in the north, Chibok girls are still missing – all of these have Nigeria government written all over them. Lives of ordinary people is like a game.
Very sad that we have plenty of Yahya Jammeh all over Africa torturing their own people.
Gambia has one of the most established tourism industries in West Africa frequented mostly by the Europeans. Do Yahya Jammeh and his likes all over West Africa thought people are not seeing this? Any wonder why Africans don’t have it easy around the world?
People know about George W. Bush disparagement many speeches but on this one, he was not too far away from the truth.
“Ignorance isn’t bliss it’s an instrument for dominance.” – George The Poet, a rising UK artist.