EWYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: It appears that President Adama Barrow is not happy with the increasing social media campaigns against him and his administration, particularly the three years jotna pressure group who have been asking him to respect the agreement he had with coalition leaders to step aside at the end of three years.
Mr. Barrow appeared before the National Assembly Thursday morning, where he delivered a statement before lawmakers in his 2019 State of the Nation address. His address touched on range of sectors, including education, economy, agriculture, communication, interior and security.
“We must not allow politics or any other worldly affair to separate us. We are one people and one nation,” the president said.
President Barrow’s popularity started to decrease when he fired his one-time foreign minister and vice President Ousainou Darboe, who he once considered as his political ‘god’ father.
A country whose economy have been plunged into chaos during the 22-year rule of the exiled former dictator Yahya Jammeh, corruption continues to surge The Gambia with average citizens facing increase poverty.
Since the defeat of former President Yahya Jammeh in the 2016 election, Gambians say they have found a new democracy that would never cease their voices, with the internet as the number one platform where they express their dissatisfaction with authorities. The Internet World Stats reported that Gambia’s internet users increased from 310,000 in December 2017 to 392,277 in December 2018.
Several politicians and analysists have criticised Mr Barrow’s State of the Nation address, claiming he was not honest to Gambians when he ‘failed’ to tell them the realities of his administration’s failure.
“He talked about NYSS and the President’s International Awards, those are institutions where young people learn skills to acquire jobs but there is no clear plans on how his government intends to address the increasing joblessness in the country,” national youth president of opposition Gambia Democratic Congress, MC Cham Jnr. Said.