The Gambian leader has paid glowing tribute to Gambians, especially women and children for their unalloyed support to the July 22nd Revolution from the onset. He said Gambian women and children have never relented in their support to his government from day one.
“Our achievements today are thanks to you the women. You have been at the forefront up to today and you are still at the forefront. No project would have succeeded without your full participation. Gambian women I am proud of you but I will also make you proud women in Africa. May the Almighty Allah reward you,” Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa said at the 22nd anniversary celebrations of the July 22nd Revolution at the Arch 22 in Banjul.
The occasion was attended by thousands of people who gathered to celebrate the historic and momentous occasion as well as to reflect on the great achievements that the Revolution brought in all development facets since 1994.
“It is being the length of the Revolution; the day and date as a lesson for individual and collective learning that should reinforce our belief in divine pre-destination of our Revolution and firm believe that with the guidance and support of Allah SAW, the Revolution will continue to thrive and bring the needed development to the people of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia,” he said.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone and remembering all those who have been with us from 1994 to date. It is a long period of time and along the way there are people that have answered to the call of the Almighty Allah, they are not with us today on this particular note I would beg all of you to stand up, we take a minute to pray for those who have died, who have left this world, great patriotic citizens who have always been part of the vanguards of the Revolution at a very difficult time when prophets of doom prophesised that the Revolution will not last three days.”
According to him, no body or very few people believed that the Revolution would achieve what the British colonialists could not attain in 400 years of their rule. He said the First Republic lasted 31 years when they had to put them aside and bring progress. “They couldn’t achieve half of what we have achieved in 31 years of their reign, when they had the support of everybody. On this particular point I want to thank all those nations who stood with us from day one and continue to stand with us in solidarity, with mutual respect, helping us along the way without any strings attached. I made it very clear on July 22nd 1994 that The Gambia will not and shall never be colonised twice, we shall never be enslaved twice and you have seen that for 22 years, all those so-called powers that wanted to colonise us have failed and will continue to fail. Gambia is a power to be reckoned with. I love challenges, I believe in the Almighty Allah and when you tell me that I would fail without mentioning the Almighty Allah, I laugh at you because I know that you are going to fail. I am with the Almighty Allah; this country is with the Almighty Allah. My government implemented numerous projects and interventions that have contributed immensely to the attainment of our development aspirations in agriculture, education, health, energy, women’s empowerment, rights of the women and children, improved roads and transport infrastructure among other laudable achievements that we continue to celebrate with great pride.”
Despite the remarkable gains registered by my government in the attainment of food self-sufficiency, he went on, there still remains a lot. “Therefore, we have a long way and a short way to go,” he said.
The Gambian leader also took the opportunity to renew his condemnation for racism and extremism. He also spoke extensively against other vices that are inimical to the growth and development of people.
by Musa Ndow