Opposition leaders in The Gambia have dissociated themselves from President Yahya Jammeh’s latest rant against Senegalese President Macky Sall and his predecessors.

“It is one of the most unfortunate incidents that can happen from a leader who is supposed to cement cordial relationships between the people of The Gambia and Senegal,” Omar Amadou Jallow of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) told this reporter.

Earlier this month, the Gambian leader made headlines in ferociously attacking Senegalese leaders. Mr. Jammeh branded branded his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall as a ‘fake President and hypocrite who must not be voted into office again’. Mr. Jammeh’s attacks did not even spare former Presidents Abdoulaye Wade and Abdou Diouf.

Omar Amadou Jallow described Jammeh’s move as being out of diplomatic order. “I see this statement as one of the most irresponsible statements that can come out from the mouth of a President. Whether Yahya Jammeh likes or not, the relationship between the two countries will continue to flourish.”

The opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) had earlier demarked itself from the infamous rant and ‘vehemently’ condemned “President Jammeh’s conduct as it offends all conventional wisdom and decency.”

“By stooping this low in insulting Senegalese leadership, Yahya Jammeh has shown his lack of respect and decorum for anything decent. The Gambian and Senegalese people are one and the same and no amount of immature rhetoric and vitriolic outbursts from the leadership in Banjul will change that,” the UDP statement reads.

The General Secretary of Dakar-based human rights watchdog RADDHO warned Jammeh to be mindful of uttering what can tantamount to hate speech. “Persistent human rights abuses in Gambia are a cause of international isolation. Jammeh has no excuse and should try to improve his poor human rights record,” Aboubacry Mbodji said.

Under President Jammeh’s 20-year rule, Senegal and The Gambia have gone through many diplomatic feuds. While speculations surge over a possible crisis between the two countries, fears remain high about the consequences of the attacks on Senegalese leaders.

Written by Abdoulie John

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