The Gambian and Togolese governments’ opposition to the ECOWAS presidential term limit proposal is no surprise to most people who are familiar with the political conditions of the two countries. The current president of Togo Faure Gnassingbe became president after the death of his father in 2005. However, his father Eyadema Gnassingbe came to power in 1967 through a military coup and became the longest-serving African dictator after having been president for 38 years until his death in 2005. Meanwhile, Dictator Jammeh came to power through a military coup in 1994 and since then he has and continued to rule The Gambia with an iron fist. Two weeks ago, Dictator Jammeh said he will continue to rule the Gambia for 20 million 16 and will decide who is to succeed him if he decide to leave power. It’s a well-known fact that Dictator Jammeh is grooming his son Muhammed Jammeh to succeed him.
It’s pretty obvious that these two leadership shares a common ground and will not allow or entertain any proposal by ECOWAS that will end their grip on power. They both came to power through a military coup and they both used and hide under the pretext of election to legitimise their brutality. People need to stand up to them and reclaim their respective countries from them, else they will continue to rule and dictate the affairs of their countries for as long as it takes. Had it not been the fact that Dictator Yahya Jammeh used election to legitimise his rule, he would have band elections in The Gambia by now. But because it legitimise his rule, he will continue to hold elections, but only one winner will continue to emerge, which is Jammeh himself. That is why Gambians need to say enough is enough for Jammeh’s dictatorship in The Gambia.