Gambian President is Incapable to Administer State Matters: Display of Lack of Control and Intellectual Bankruptcy reaches its all High!
President Barrow’s Days Numbered?
In recent years, members of the Gambian polity have spoken out against the incompetent and laid-back attitude of the President towards his duties. This attitude he has displayed recently in his refusal to appear before the floor of The National Assembly.
The President, His Excellency Adama Barrow, was summoned to The Gambian National Assembly to address it on the Statement of State Matters submitted by him to the Assembly. However, the President was no show and instead sent a delegate to attend to the issue on his behalf for reasons best known to him.
In an interview with BBC correspondent, Esau Williams on Hot FM in Bakau, Seedy Sanneh, the former Minister of Finance, had this to say:
“…I would have thought that for the President of The Republic, it would be an honor to go before the Parliament to discuss and answer questions -elucidate if you will- and provide additional information in regards to the speech that he gave about the state of the country…”
Mr. Sanneh’s statement conveys the level of disappointment and disillusionment of the former minister, and indeed the public, in the devotion of the President towards the country.
Pa Samba Jow, a well-respected Gambian and human rights activist, when interviewed by the same correspondent, had this to say:
“…it just shows how untrustworthy for somebody in an office of his caliber, somebody who says he is the leader of a country and knows how his government is run across all sectors…”
His Excellency, Adama Barrow was elected as President of The Gambia on the 19th of January, 2017 under the flag of the United Democratic Party. And despite his seemingly stellar repertoire, Gambians have had reason(s) over the years to complain over the character, attitude and disposition of the President towards his official duties.
He is known for his embarrassing habit of sleeping at essential official functions ( both local and foreign) and his extravagant lifestyle, bringing shame and disgrace to his country and its people.
Worse still, is his continued display of intellectual ineptitude. He has not failed to prove his intellectual porosity in addressing issues of state, as well as in speech giving – save where a speech has been prepared beforehand.
It has been suggested that this failing of his, is the reason behind his failure to appear before the National Assembly as there was no way for him to anticipate the questions that would be thrown at him, enabling him to have a speech drafted accordingly.
These shortcomings of His Excellency, Adama Barrow, are sure to cost him his bid for a second tenure.
With the general polity disenchanted with him and canvassing for his removal, a bid for a second term would be an effort in futility
In the words of Sanna Juwara, an esteemed member of the Gambian Parliament:
“…most presidents will take their time to read -to understand- policies to be able to discuss policies and all that.But what Mr. Barrow had demonstratively shown is his lack of desire to familiarize himself with the issues surrounding governance…and he has to train himself to understand that you cannot govern a country by just sitting in the office, visiting with people and attending rallies…”
Lastly, should His Excellency, President Adama Borrow fail to change his ways and strive to do better by his people and office, he will find his days numbered in the Presidential Office.