Former junta Vice Chairman Sana Bairo Sabally is speaking out for the first time regarding the November 11 alleged abortive coup, which led to the execution of dozens of senior and junior army officers in the West African country. Sabally who is on self imposed exile in Senegal, in a dispatch claimed that the alleged coup plotters planned to kill AFPRC council members including their families in the event the coup went successful. Mr.Sabally who was alleged to have participated into the killing of members of Gambia’s young and senior army officers implicated in the said coup commented”The plots against us [the Council (AFPRC)] on Friday 11 November, 1994 aimed at very dangerous things. They were not only foiled, but Allah’s wonderful working turned the tables, and brought good out of evil in each case. They tried to arrest, or injure or slay us and our families and our close bodyguards, but the wonderful example of our humility, perseverance, and fearlessness furthered the cause of the Council (AFPRC). They plotted to kill us, and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of planners. The plots of betrayers are known fully to Allah, and He can fully circumvent them if necessary, according to the fullness of His Wisdom.Can I ask you this simple question? What do you expect us to do- fold our arms and be herded to the gallows? ” Below is the full statement of Sabally’s piece. Please read on…
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My Editor Brother,
Good Day!!!
I last evening received an Email “Nov 11 1994-IT WAS A VERY DANGEROUS PLOT!!! IT WAS SUICIDAL!!! from  an anonymous officer of GNA….
I wanted to forward this to your paper but I found you’ve already gotten it….
The said officer I have no doubt was present as he claimed. Well, he spoke some Truth but not all……
Having read this article, I felt I should write this little.
Many are of the opinion that I should just start writing all and everything….But we have to climb the ladder by taking one rung after the other until we get there someday. And we are eventually getting there since people who know and were present are talking.
I wish there was a constituted Court today—many would be shamed by what they think was the truth with them while all was false.
SB SABALLY

GREAT IS TRUTH, AND MUST PREVAIL!!!
Allah-There is no God but Allah.

I regarded Truth as the basis of all virtue, goodness and right conduct. It is taught that a truthful person is one who is so confirmed in Truth that he / she is counted truthful by God.
I trust that “The Truth” will serve to heal many of the hurts and misunderstanding caused by [liars` and the Freedom newspaper] ills-[mischief-making lies.] To the surprise of many, many are merely talking about Nov 11, saying all sorts of things as if “we (GNA-AFPRC) have no knowledge,” it is only they/ them who really know in full all about Nov 11. I can sincerely say that since none of them were present at the time of Nov 11, all that they are saying is not only lies but an issue beyond their knowledge, at the time, and beyond their responsibility.
The plots against us [the Council (AFPRC)] on Friday 11 November, 1994 aimed at very dangerous things. They were not only foiled, but Allah’s wonderful working turned the tables, and brought good out of evil in each case. They tried to arrest, or injure or slay us and our families and our close bodyguards, but the wonderful example of our humility, perseverance, and fearlessness furthered the cause of the Council (AFPRC). They plotted to kill us, and Allah planned too. And Allah is the Best of planners. The plots of betrayers are known fully to Allah, and He can fully circumvent them if necessary, according to the fullness of His Wisdom.
Can I ask you this simple question? What do you expect us to do- fold our arms and be herded to the gallows? Even a Prophet of Allah is but human. Force is a dangerous weapon. The November 11 1994 guys erected a force meant to slay us… But we talked to them to stop the force. Evil/ Satan erected barricades for them. They had eyes, but they refused to see. They had ears, but they refused to hear. They had intelligence, but they blocked up its channels of understanding. What happened then? We met their force with our force for self-defence. They have declared war on us, and it would have been cowardice to ignore the challenge or fail in rooting out their evil plot.
War is permissible in self-defence, and under well-defined limits. When undertaken, it must be pushed with vigour, but not relentlessly, but only to restore peace, stability and freedom for the citizens of the State.
This is the truth about “Friday 11 November, 1994,” so be not of those who doubt. You are in the open light of Day. Now you have the right clue to the story. The rest of it, we are patient until the Day / Time of “Yaumun Mashhuud” –a Day of Testimony (in our case, on this earth): when we will proceed to explain the various scenes of Nov 11: (1) a Day to which all testimony points from every quarter; (2) a Day when testimony will be given before the Gambian Supreme Court’s Judgment-seat or the ICCJ (International Criminal Court of Justice), by all who are relevant witnesses, e.g., the officers and soldiers who actually took part in the Nov 11 battle (from both sides- enemy or friend), and the men and women we benefited or injured; (3) a Day which will be witnessed , i.e., seen by all, no matter how or where they are.
The lies which they used to tell have now “wandered” from the channels which they use to occupy, and left the liars in the lurch. In denying the indubitable fact that there was a real coup attempt and that the Nov 11 guys attacked us, they admit the falsity of their evil and hypocritical minds and thus are practically convicted out of their own mouths.

By means of it (The Truth), the blind shall see, the deaf shall hear, the dumb shall speak, the lame and the halt shall walk and Allah shall so bless it, that it shall succeed in fulfilling the object of “rewriting history.” Do Thou, O Lord, ordain that it be so.

REF: “Presidential Pardon for Mile II inmates…”
Yes, I wrote to President Yahya Jammeh to pardon prisoners…God is well aware of what men do and to what ends and with what motives they do it. Piety requires that Muslims should fulfil their part of a promise in the letter as well as the spirit.
My motive for writing the President:
Reasons:
-Are not intentions and motives continually changing?
-Did not enemies of Islam become friends?
-One whom we wish to kill today may be guided tomorrow.

O Gambians!  Lend me an attractive ear. What I say to you, you must hear and always remember. What I say to you today is not meant only for today. It is meant for all time. You are to remember it and act upon it as possible witnesses of the Truth tomorrow.

STOP ASKING!!!
By your asking [about Nov 11], you are merely “reminding the Nov 11 betrayers and cowards their humiliation and sorrow…” One Sorrow brings up the memory of another and a greater one; for Sorrow itself is pain. Allah’s Statements; “O you who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble…”  “And argue not on behalf of those who deceive themselves.” “Verily, Allah does not like anyone who is a betrayer, sinner.”
When we honestly look at the doctrine of personal responsibility, we’ll all see that we are fully responsible for our acts ourselves: we cannot transfer the consequences of someone else. Nor can any one vicariously atone for our sins. If people have honest doubts or differences about important questions of State, they should not start futile disputes. All will be clear in the end. Our duty here is to maintain unity and discipline, and do the duty that comes to us. STOP ASKING!!!

GOSSIP—Your speech betrays you.
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: It proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
Mr. Bra-Rabbit says that, “He who gossips to you about others will gossip to others about you.”

Freedom Newspaper’s INQUISITIVENESS:
Brothers of mine! Freedom Newspaper! And all those who wrote me asking why should I call Pa Nderry M`bai “My Brother.” Many have written to me saying, “SB SABALLY, verily Pa Nderry M’bai is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy.”   Did you feel hurt over what I said by calling Pa Nderry M`bai “My Brother”? I was wrong! I didn’t see it that way; I did it in good faith. My reply to them is that, “Don’t mind him. Pa Nderry M’bai is a “Qattaat” [we even have it in Mandingo as “Kataatoo”]-a person who conveys disagreeable, false information from one person to another with the intention of causing harm and enmity between them.”
The Holy-Prophet always exhorted people against inquisitiveness and to think well of each other. Abu Hurraira relates, “The Holy-Prophet said, “Save yourself from thinking ill of others or apply epithets to each other out of contempt nor be envious of each other and do not entertain ill feelings towards each other, let each of you regard himself as the servant of God and treat others as his brother as God has commanded,” and also, “remember that every Muslim is a brother to every other Muslim.” Allah`s Statement, “the Believers are nothing else than brothers…” [Q49:10] [This was my one or two reasons for calling Pa Nderry M’bai “My Brother” when I addressed him in my Email-articles sent to his paper….] And more so, I wrote to other newspaper editors, addressing them “My Brother,” but they never tried to attach any other meaning to it but only for what it was intended. It is only the Freedom newspaper that thought otherwise. To my biggest surprise, the same Freedom newspaper called on Gambians as “Brothers’ in the fight for freedom to see Yahya Jammeh [and APRC] out from the Gambia State House. And I quote them” Let us be each others brothers’ keeper during these hard days of our nation’s Political history. Down with president Jammeh and his repressive government.”- [Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006: Archive on Friday, December 29: 2006. Posted by PNMBAI Contributed by PNMBAI.]

Finally, I’d advice that (1) we forgive injuries, insults, and persecution; (2) we should all keep away from liars and their fabricated speeches and stories full of jealousy, taunting malice, and lack of understanding: -one that would drive mad any one less endowed with patience and wisdom; (3)to pay no attention to ignorant fools, who raised doubts or difficulties, haul taunts or reproaches, or devised plots to defeat the Truth: they were to be ignored and passed by, not to be engaged in fights and fruitless controversies, or conciliated by compromises.

S. B. SABALLY
Saturday, 23 December 2006
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Editors Note:We want to thank Mr.Sabally for giving his side of the story. Gambians have long been anticipating to hear his role (if there is any on the November 11 incident). The Freedom Newspaper holds no grudges against Sana Sabally. Ours is to perform our basic and required journalistic job. If conveying the concerns and views of Gambians regarding the November 11 incident means trying to implicate or antagonize Sabally then so be it. Sabally was a public officer and therefore Gambians reserve the right to know his past life as a public servant. The past pieces published about him were reported in good faith without malice or ill intention. Let sleeping dogs lie for heaven sake.

As stated time and time, this paper shall continue to accord Mr.Sabally the necessary pages he required to counter any form of accusations brought against him from any party. We accepted his criticism in good faith.

Due to ethical reasons, we could not publish the rejoinder of Badarasaja. The piece in question was ran by a sister paper, which is  morally obliged to publish his views. We have tuned down similar rejoinders in the past and shall continue to turn down such rejoinders for ethical reasons. We hope Badarasaja and Mr.Sabally understand our position.

On the issue of Sabally calling Pa Nderry a brother, we cannot understand why some naive people should make an issue out of it. The same people are lying round the clock about the Freedom Newspaper and its staffers. This paper fears only God and shall continue to do its work with high degree of maturity and responsibility. We don’t have time for such pettiness. Lets address the issues and stop the hypocrisy.

Once again, we thank Mr.Sabally for speaking his mind. We wait for the day when Sabally and all those named in the said summary execution to tell us their own side of the story before a competent constituted court of law, to borrow Bairo’s expression. In the meantime, let us maintain the slogan”All accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty” by a court of law. However, this should not stop Gambians from pursuing the truth regarding the incident. We shall continue ask questions, until justice is meted out to the perpetrators of that heinous crime.

Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2006 (Archive on Sunday, January 21, 2007)
Posted by PNMBAI  Contributed by PNMBAI
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