Press release from the Global Association of West African Youths (gloWAY) delivered by the President, Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim on 3rd January, 2015 in Nigeria, in reaction to the political development across West Africa sub region.
In totality gloWAY condemn the violence unleashed on the serving government of Gambia in an attempt to topple their administration. It is quite unfortunate that some people still resort to violence in attempt to change a government when there are better ways to register their grievances.
We plead with the government of Yahya Jammeh not to take advantage of the failed coup attempt by blaming people who had nothing to do with it, there may be no need for repression since he is still in the position to marshal the activities of governance, but to carefully probe the incidence and work on modalities on how the culprits will be brought to book.
We need to be alerted that many of those dissidents today are the same people who, when given the opportunity to serve, initiate, promote and preserve the trend they vowed to change. Similarly, we urge the government of Jammeh to respect democracy, rule of law and human rights. We appeal to the people of Gambia to be calm in the spirit of solidarity because that is their only source of strength. If there is anything the west African sub-region needs now, it is the strength of togetherness. we are still wondering why this incidence is happening at the time the sub west African region is battling the resultant effects of sociopolitical trauma. We are concerned but very confident that West Africa will overcome its numerous predicaments.
While we condemn the threat of parallel government by the opposition parties in Nigeria on the conviction that election result were manipulated by the ruling party, the members of Gloway strongly believes that the only response to such threat by the government is to ensure that the forthcoming election is conducted in the most transparent manner in line with the calling of an acceptable standard for the world to see, and the opposition will have no justification or whatsoever template to carry the sympathy of the masses to destabilise the smooth running of the governmental activities of the nation. On the other hand, any decision of the ruling party to order for the arrest of any members of the opposition parties will be tantamount to intimidation ,and by so doing, the international communities could see it as an indication to manipulate elections result.
It is also important to draw the attention of both the ruling and opposition parties to avoid making statements that are capable of heating the polity and unsettling the people. It will be to the best interest of the nation if all parties employ the principles of diplomacy in moving the nation forward.
Baruga Abdullahi Ibrahim
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