Your Excellency President Barrow,

I write this letter to you with trepidation and anxiety, as a concerned citizen in our nascent
democracy, which you fondly call New Gambia. With utmost respect, Mr. President, let me
remind you that the Presidency is an institution and all your powers are derived from the
sovereign citizens of the Gambia as clearly stated in section 1 (2) of the 1997 Constitution which
reads:

“ The Sovereignty of The Gambia resides in the people of The Gambia from whom all organs
of the government derive their authority and in whose name and for whose welfare and
prosperity the powers of the government are to be exercised in accordance with this
Constitution ” Mr. President, let me take this opportunity to remind you that all the powers you exercise are
subject to limits set by the supreme law of The Gambia, our Constitution as stated in section 61
(2)
“ The President shall uphold and defend this Constitution as the supreme law of the Gambia”
Mr. President, We as citizens as the repository of the sovereign powers of the state, have
delegated our powers to your office to execute your duties in accordance with the laws of the
land. Mr. President, you are the custodian or trustee of powers that belongs to the people, a
powers bestowed to you by the people and powers to execute in the interest of the people. In a
nutshell, all your powers and legitimacy are derived from the citizenry.

The good citizens of The Gambia broke the shackles of a brutal dictatorship and are still healing
from a very dark episode of that history. The freedoms we enjoy today were not handed to us
on a platter but are rather the result of sacrifices of patriotic Gambians – some of whom paid
the ultimate price, may their lives rest in peace.

Mr. President I find it hard to believe that you allegedly made the statement that “The Gambian
people were scared of Yahya Jammeh’s power because he had the police, the SIS, the Army,
but I am more powerful because I have the Police, the SIS, the Army and ECOMIG forces”[ my
emphasis].

Mr. President, with utmost respect, the Police is our police, the SIS is our SIS and the ECOMIG is
our ECOMIG. Mr. President, as Commander in Chief, your duty is to uphold the Constitution and
command the security forces in accordance with the dictates of the Law as provided in section
61 (1) & (2) of the Constitution.

Mr. President, Never again will our security apparatus be used at the whim of any leader
against the citizenry or any person for that matter.

Mr. President all security forces are servants of the sovereign people of the country albeit
under your command at our behest. We trust and expect that the era of Presidential directives
to our security forces is a thing of the past.

Mr. President, our country is at a crossroad. As we are trying to build the foundation of our
democracy (Constitutional Review Commission ”CRC”) and seeking to heal as a nation (Truth,
Reconciliation and Reparation Commission “ TRRC” ), the youths are anxious and impatient,
and want to reap the democratic dividends now.

Mr. President, the same security forces you mentioned as belonging to you, belonged to your
predecessor and were used as instruments of oppression against the citizenry. Mr. President,
rest assured that the fear factor is a thing of the past. We defiantly stood up against your
predecessor at the height of the political impasse despite his army, NIA (now SIS) and Police.
#GambiaHasDecided against tyranny or any form of Dictatorship.

Mr. President, with such a statement, what message are you sending to the CRC and the TRRC?
Our nascent democracy is still fragile; the citizenry is learning the new ways of living under a
democracy with all their expectations and aspirations.

Now, more than ever, as our leader, as captain of our ship, we are yearning for unity and peace.
We are yearning for a “ New Gambia ” where the basic essentials such as water, quality
education, health care and decent employment opportunities are available to Gambians,
particularly the poor and the underserved. We are yearning for transformational leadership
and not politics of rhetoric or division. Mr. President, we respectfully remind you of your own
slogan one people, one nation and one destiny.

Mr. President, I hope and trust that you will recalibrate and refocus on making Gambia great.
Mr. President, humility is a great trait and will endear you to Gambians. I humbly ask for the old
President Adama Barrow to come back and steer our country to greatness.
For the Gambia our Homeland
Salieu Taal
Initiator #GambiaHasDecided
Concerned Citizen

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