Lamin Kabba Bajo has been sharing his perspective on the Gambia’s role on the international stage since the advent of the July 22nd Revolution.
Bajo, a vanguard of the Revolution, is a veteran diplomat and has held several Ministerial positions in the Second Republic. He said The Gambia has really been recognised on the global stage now, adding that there is nowhere in this world now where you go and The Gambia is confused with another country.
“I have seen a lot of things in the service; the developments, the improvements that the Revolution brought to the livelihood to every Gambian and to the country; really cannot be remunerated,” Bajo, current President of The Gambia Football Federation said.
“But the fundamental thing is that the President has really opened the country first. The Gambia has really been recognized on the world map; in the global geopolitics and that’s the most important thing, and people begin to know where Gambia is and what Gambia is.”
The retired army captain cited the conflict resolution efforts advanced by the Jammeh administration since 1994, which he said, effectively puts the country at the forefront of sub-regional matters.
He reaffirmed that The Gambia successfully brokering peace deals in the Liberian, and Bissau Guinean crises, were among a few on the limelight compared to other hidden monumental efforts the country has succeeded in achieving over the past 22 years.
Barjo singled out the specific role of President Jammeh in resolving the Liberian crisis, saying he’s a living witness to that. The President, he said, despite all efforts exhausted by the ECOWAS, took a personal step to unite different factions in the crisis in the bid to find a lasting solution to the longstanding conflict.
President Jammeh’s prescription to the Liberian crisis, Bajo said, was initially unpopular amongst his colleagues as they refused to agree with him. “He took it upon himself when some of them got angry and said to him: ‘If you think you can do it just do it’,” he added.
“He decided to do it and he talked to all the parties. It took us 12 hours sitting down; and after talking to all the parties involved, and knew their positions he was able to convince them to meet. And when they met; hugging each other, some of them were weeping, saying they have never had that opportunity.”
These efforts, he said, resulted to the peaceful solution to the Liberian crisis. “This is something that is really been buried under the carpet because His Excellency is somebody who would not speak for himself. But as we go, history will bring him out positively,” he said of President Jammeh.
He recalled that before 1994 it was very hard to locate The Gambia even as close as some African countries, noting that the country was taking backstage in the global geopolitics.
Today, he said, the country’s voice has been well heard and even respected at the global scene more than ever. He indicated that when President Jammeh took over in 1994, he ensured that The Gambia has equal status with any other country, as no country is more important than the other irrespective of her size.
“J-22 Vanguard” is a new series this newspaper is running where the vanguards of the Revolution would be given the chance to give their perspectives on the progress achieved so far.
by Bekai Njie