EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The Secretary General and Leader of the United Democratic Party, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has enjoined the youth to take up leadership challenges in the country.
On Saturday, his party held a rally in Kombo Brufut to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the release of it’s leadership from prison.
The day had begun with the launching of a grand cleansing project dubbed, “Mbalit” for the Kanifing Municipal Council by Mayor Ahmed Talib Bensuda.
Lawyer Darboe refered to this initiative as a youth empowerment and thanked the mayor “for giving the people an insight as to what UDP has for the people.”
For leadership, he said, the present day is era of the youth. He said the young have been given the advantage and it is up to them to take full responsibility.
“It is your time but you must not be regimental”, he said, or a government that cannot think. “In the next two to three years, you must make sure that this opportunity does not slip away.
This stance comes in contrast to his earlier assertion that he would be pleased to lead the Gambia even at the ages of 75.
Gambians have criticised their aging politicians for being self-centred on the presidency.
The Barrow executive in which Darboe was Vice President, justified it’s desires for leadership by amending the provision on age limit.
Similarly, the National Assembly Members ensured their security of tenure by scrapping the law which gives powers to the president to dismiss them.
And then, the electoral reforms whose advocacy resulted to the killing of Ebrima Solo Sandeng and imprisonment of Lawyer Darboe and party members leading to the uprooting of former President Jammeh was let to live in peace.