SABALLY, PLEASE TELL GAMBIANS ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN 11/11
 
By Yankuba Jambang,Associate Editor
 
Sanna Sabally has again failed to come clean about the atrocities allegedly committed under his command and watch on November 11, 1994 when scores of Gambian soldiers were rounded up and summarily executed without trial !!! However, Sanna has provided Gambians with an important clue in his latest piece to the Freedom Newspaper wherein he stated:
 
“The plots against us [ the council (AFPRC) on Friday 11 November, 1994 aimed at very dangerous things…They tried to arrest, or injure or slay us and our families and our close bodyguards…What do you expect us to do-fold our arms and be herded to the gallows”?
 
These words tell us that Mr. Sabally does have valuable knowledge about the alleged execution of late Lt. Basiru Barrow and dozen other members of the Gambia National Army. Oh! really Mr. Sabally, ‘what do you expect us to do’. Is this what you have to say? ‘what do you expect us to do’ literally means you (Sanna Sabally) participated in the executions contrary to common sense, contrary to the laws of the republic of the Gambia, contrary to the forgiveness you are preaching.
 
If at all, there was a coup in the making which, your government happened to foil; you (Sabally) knew a place in Banjul called Mile 2 Central Prison; you knew were the courts were. Why didn’t you charge them with ‘treason and felony’? Certainly, The Gambian Law has  provisions for persons charged with treason, felony, murder/attempted murder etc. But according to your own statement “what do you expect us to do-fold our arms and be herded to gallows“, you chose to take the law into your own hands and killed Lt. Barrow and others without due process of law! Mr. Sabally, you and your men will be tried for these heinous crimes no matter how long it takes. 
 
I want to ask you these questions Mr Sabally:
 
(1) Did you kill or ordered the killing of any Gambian (s) while in office? If yes, tell us why- and if NO is your answer, why does your name feature so prominently in the November 11 incident than any other AFPRC member? I want clear answers if you wish to answer me. I do not need your Qur’anic quotations because I was born a Muslim and I am still a Muslim in the most absolute sense of the word ‘Muslim’.
 
(2) Did you and late Sadibou Hydara try to kill Yahya Jammeh and overthrow his government you once helped consolidate? I ask you this because according to the statement issued by Jammeh’s government following your arrest, was that you wanted to take the life of  president Jammeh. If this was anything to go by, then president Jammeh was merely vilified in the 11/11 incident. This is because if he could only condemn you to jail after an attempt on his life, then he could have as well done the same for Barrow and co. if indeed he were in command of the 11/11 executioners. Jammeh was then right to check your ‘cruelty’ lest we would have lost many more Gambians.
 
(3) Does this phrase “run for your life” mean anything to you?
(4) Who shot at Dr. Kora’s Volvo in Fajara; Jammeh, Sadibou, Kaba, Touray or Edward?
 
Remember this Mr. Sabally; no one is responsible for your present predicament, but yourself. You and other members of the defunct AFPRC have decided to unconstitutionally seize power; Gambians did not ask you to do that. When you toppled the PPP government in 1994, you did not represent me nor did you represent any Gambian on his or her consent. You have wilfully disrupted  our civility, peace, love and serenity in the name of greed and unquenchable thirst for power.
 
Mr. Sabally, you said “they have declared war on us…” but the only thing I could recall on your broadcast on Radio Gambia was that the coup was foiled and the “situation” was “now under control”. You failed then to tell Gambians the truth. If Barrow and co had declared war on you and your government, how many men did they kill or injure? None! I believe the coupists would not have declared war on you with bayonets and sticks or clubs; they must have had at least a few rifles to aim at you and your ‘gallant men’. November 11 alleged coupists were killed in cold blood without them firing a shot! You have had the opportunity to arrest and bring them to book but you blatantly refused them justice they deserved and today you are harping about peace and forgiveness. As the Jamaican singer says: “I need no peace, but all am crying for is justice”.
 
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SABALLY, PLEASE TELL GAMBIANS ABOUT YOUR ROLE IN 11/11
 
By Yankuba Jambang,Associate Editor
 
Sanna Sabally has again failed to come clean about the atrocities allegedly committed under his command and watch on November 11, 1994 when scores of Gambian soldiers were rounded up and summarily executed without trial !!! However, Sanna has provided Gambians with an important clue in his latest piece to the Freedom Newspaper wherein he stated:
 
“The plots against us [ the council (AFPRC) on Friday 11 November, 1994 aimed at very dangerous things…They tried to arrest, or injure or slay us and our families and our close bodyguards…What do you expect us to do-fold our arms and be herded to the gallows”?
 
These words tell us that Mr. Sabally does have valuable knowledge about the alleged execution of late Lt. Basiru Barrow and dozen other members of the Gambia National Army. Oh! really Mr. Sabally, ‘what do you expect us to do’. Is this what you have to say? ‘what do you expect us to do’ literally means you (Sanna Sabally) participated in the executions contrary to common sense, contrary to the laws of the republic of the Gambia, contrary to the forgiveness you are preaching.
 
If at all, there was a coup in the making which, your government happened to foil; you (Sabally) knew a place in Banjul called Mile 2 Central Prison; you knew were the courts were. Why didn’t you charge them with ‘treason and felony’? Certainly, The Gambian Law has  provisions for persons charged with treason, felony, murder/attempted murder etc. But according to your own statement “what do you expect us to do-fold our arms and be herded to gallows“, you chose to take the law into your own hands and killed Lt. Barrow and others without due process of law! Mr. Sabally, you and your men will be tried for these heinous crimes no matter how long it takes. 
 
I want to ask you these questions Mr Sabally:
 
(1) Did you kill or ordered the killing of any Gambian (s) while in office? If yes, tell us why- and if NO is your answer, why does your name feature so prominently in the November 11 incident than any other AFPRC member? I want clear answers if you wish to answer me. I do not need your Qur’anic quotations because I was born a Muslim and I am still a Muslim in the most absolute sense of the word ‘Muslim’.
 
(2) Did you and late Sadibou Hydara try to kill Yahya Jammeh and overthrow his government you once helped consolidate? I ask you this because according to the statement issued by Jammeh’s government following your arrest, was that you wanted to take the life of  president Jammeh. If this was anything to go by, then president Jammeh was merely vilified in the 11/11 incident. This is because if he could only condemn you to jail after an attempt on his life, then he could have as well done the same for Barrow and co. if indeed he were in command of the 11/11 executioners. Jammeh was then right to check your ‘cruelty’ lest we would have lost many more Gambians.
 
(3) Does this phrase “run for your life” mean anything to you?
(4) Who shot at Dr. Kora’s Volvo in Fajara; Jammeh, Sadibou, Kaba, Touray or Edward?
 
Remember this Mr. Sabally; no one is responsible for your present predicament, but yourself. You and other members of the defunct AFPRC have decided to unconstitutionally seize power; Gambians did not ask you to do that. When you toppled the PPP government in 1994, you did not represent me nor did you represent any Gambian on his or her consent. You have wilfully disrupted  our civility, peace, love and serenity in the name of greed and unquenchable thirst for power.
 
Mr. Sabally, you said “they have declared war on us…” but the only thing I could recall on your broadcast on Radio Gambia was that the coup was foiled and the “situation” was “now under control”. You failed then to tell Gambians the truth. If Barrow and co had declared war on you and your government, how many men did they kill or injure? None! I believe the coupists would not have declared war on you with bayonets and sticks or clubs; they must have had at least a few rifles to aim at you and your ‘gallant men’. November 11 alleged coupists were killed in cold blood without them firing a shot! You have had the opportunity to arrest and bring them to book but you blatantly refused them justice they deserved and today you are harping about peace and forgiveness. As the Jamaican singer says: “I need no peace, but all am crying for is justice”.
 
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“WE LOVE (THE) GAMBIA”

“IT DOESN’T TAKE GREAT PEOPLE TO DO GREAT THINGS— JUST
UNSELFISH ONES.”

GAMBIANS!!! GAMBIANS!!! GAMBIANS!!!
We’ve both got responsibilities…
To the world.  To (The) Gambia.
But there’s another responsibility—to what we “FEEL”
Right or Wrong.
To speak up for the Voiceless… who had been stripped of their civil rights.
This is the time for us to stand up and defend the true democracy that we believe in where each man is created equal in the eyes of the law.
 â€œLike the German pastor / theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) in the years before World War II [who resisted the Nazi regime and was executed for treason]; we must also (always);
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
For the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
Defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

 Prison offers “good” prisoners one precious commodity: Time to think and reflect. The prison was a school: the last university in the world—at least to us [Sana-Bairo SABALLY & Sheikh Sadibou Sheriffo HYDARA].
We were able to learn and teach ourselves among lot of things; and we came up with this “Philanthropic / Patriotic Anthem” [1995]:

“WE LOVE (THE) GAMBIA”
(The) Gambia! Our Mother country of Good People and Blessing.
You’re so full of the milk of human kindness!
Wherever We went We found your sons and daughters very dedicated,
Affable and compassionate.
You have an infectious ebullience that inspires all who visited and lived with you.
Oh, (The) Gambia! We’re thinking of you very much,
And hoping you know it’s true
The love that’s in our heart
Will always be for you— (The) Beautiful Gambia!
Of all the gifts on earth that there could ever be…
The one We cherish most of all is the love We have for (The) Gambia
 And (The) Gambians.
 WE LOVE (THE) MOTHER GAMBIA!
That’s never changed, nor never will.
It’s deep in us, like something We were born with,
That We can’t cut out no more than We can’t cut out our own hearts.
WE  LOVE (THE) GAMBIA!
That can’t be denied, just so much as all other things.
(The)  Gambia! (The) Beautiful Gambia! (The) Gambia is all to us sky and air
and earth and water, all that life is.
There’s no denying that.
(The) Gambia! (The) Gambia! The most Beautiful! The most Blessed Country!
Who does not love You- (The) Gambia!
Our hearts are full of love for you-our Beautiful Mother Gambia!
(The) Gambia! You are dearer to us than any place in the world.
And We love (The) Gambia of ours so much that We can’t think of living elsewhere
than in (the) Gambia.
We were born here- (The) Gambia! We pray to die here-(The) Gambia!
And be buried here-(The) Gambia!
WE  LOVE (THE) GAMBIA!
But separation from (The) Gambia We cannot endure.
We don’t mind any trouble We may go through,
We don’t give a damn if the whole world turns against us because “We love (The) Gambia!”
We won’t blink if We’re being persecuted because of the love We have for (The) Gambia.
We’re in love with (The) Gambia-head over heels!
A day without thinking about (The) Gambia is incomplete in our lives.
IWE LOVE (THE) GAMBIA!
Oh, (The) Gambia!
We now stand by you, whatever you ask us to do…
We will not behave like the followers of Prophet Mosses [Musa] who said,
“Go you and your God and fight the enemy, we remain here behind.”
If We must fight, We will and We will fight to the right of (The) Gambia, to the left of (The) Gambia, in front of (The) Gambia, and behind (The) Gambia.
True, [if] the enemy wants to get at you…
But We assure you that he will not do so, without first stepping over our dead bodies.
(The) Mother Gambia, [if] you invite us to fight,
We are ever prepared to do more.
We vow, We will not surrender in any way We promise.
We will not surrender. We will not retreat.
NO RETREAT!  NO SURRENDER!
Not far from here is the sea,
If you command us to jump into it, We will hesitate not.
(The) Gambia!  (The) Gambia!  (The)  Gambia!
WE  LOVE (THE) GAMBIA!
GOD BLESS YOU (THE) MOTHER GAMBIA!

By:
Captain Sana-Bairo SABALLY
Captain Sadibou HYDARA
             
[Mile II Prisons, THE GAMBIA, West Africa.]
Friday 18th February, 1995 [Independence Day]

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