Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh is a young man at 49 years of age who in two decades has turned for the better the conditions of Gambians.
Every action of his has a dedication for Yahya holds that whoever does not believe in Allah “can never be grateful to humanity”.
Appreciation of fellow humans is tied to perceptions of the Creator.
The atheist and the pagan do value animals more than human life “in a world that seems to be confused with its priorities, with some prioritizing the security and welfare of animals over that of human beings”.
Unlike in some nations, all Eid celebrations are uniform.
Every Muslim in Gambia is required to observe Eid on the same day to improve cohesiveness and harmony of the Ummah.
Yahya Jammeh rightly believes that “only the Almighty Allah would decide who enters Heaven”.
Ethnic or racial hatred on this planet is therefore futile as “we have no control over whom we want to live with in Heaven”.
That ethnicity one chooses to despise may well be one’s neighbours in Jannah, if at all one makes it to Jannah.
To curb the transmission of the dreaded Ebola virus, Yahya Jammeh temporarily halted flights to The Gambia from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and even Nigeria.
It was a prudent and preventive measure to limit possible exposure to infection and stop further spread of the infection across West Africa.
In bilateral relations between The Gambia and larger neighbouring nation Senegal, Yahya plays significant roles including peace efforts to resolve Senegal’s internal civil rebellion in Casamance.
Despite pressures from the west, Yahya is outspoken against same-sex relationships.
As early as the middle of 2008, he voiced plans to enact legislation against homosexuality and lesbianism.
Last year – 2013 – at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Yahya once again presented his position and the resistance of his nation against the “very evil promoted as a human right by some powers”.
An illustrious son of Africa, he renamed an island prominent in the British slave trade to Kunta Kinte Island in 2011.
In his love for Africa and to encourage Africans outside the continent to reconnect with their origin, Yahya Jammeh in 1996 established The International Roots Festival in The Gambia.
At the 2014 Human Security, Peace And Development Summit in Abuja to celebrate a centenary of the Nigeria Nation, he reiterated his view that “there cannot be any lasting peace in Africa if we do not reconcile our differences in a peaceful and harmonious manner”.
Yahya Jammeh reminds that “there is no country in the world that is comprised of one region, one Religion, and one ethnic group”.
Just as Nigeria, The Gambia Nation is a creation of the British and a nation of assorted ethnicities – the Malinke, Wolof, Fulani, Diola and Soninke – but which have lived congenially for centuries.
To enhance and sustain multiethnic tranquillity, Yahya emphasises the need for Africans to “reconnect with our cultural and religious values”.
“We must reinforce our cultural renaissance by redefining our priorities, both in terms of the contents of educational curricula and the values we live as individuals, societies and nations.”
Among his achievements towards women empowerment are girl education, financial liberation, maternal and child healthcare and a reduction in child mortality.
Gambia’s First Lady, Zineb is also very active in advocating women issues.
The rights and freedoms of women are a priority to Yahya who promotes the rights of women to live without fear of any form of violence.
Yahya Jammeh is a young man after my heart.
“I will continue to empower women”.