I want Gambians to join me to congratulate Hon. Foday Gassama on his nomination to the National Assembly by His Excellency President Adama Barrow. I wish you best of luck in this noble duty. You deserve it.

Mr. Gassama has been a staunch supporter of the United Democratic Party (UDP) since 1996 until his elevation to the position of the party’s Regional Youth Coordinator for West Coast Region. He was also the local court interpreter for our party and its supporters during the trials of our party leader and executive.

Like many UDP die-heart, nothing would drain Gassama’s political energies – not even many illegal arrests and detentions. Foday was among the 14 opposition youths that were detained and charged for organising a sensitisation campaign in a Tanji residence in 2014. Mr. Gassama was also part of the Concerned Gambians team I led. Our goal was to fix the broken NADD. The team comprised of Gambian youths from all the political groupings that formed NADD. Our sole purpose at the time was to bring political leaders back to the table for a possible reconsideration of their positions given the conditions our country and her people were going through under the clutches of dictatorship.

Foday fought selflessly and stood jobless for 24 years just to see a free and democratic Gambia where everyone would freely serve their country without being oppressed. In so doing, fearless Foday Gassama remained very strong in the face of torture, disappearances without trace or even death. His efforts could only be compared to those of our country’s unmatchable political icons in the persons of the late Momodou Lamin Shyngle Nyassi and Lang Marong (may Allah grant them a resting place in Jannatul Firdaus). Amen.

Hats off to Foday Gassama for leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of all peace loving and patriotic Gambians for offering selfless services that culminated in a freedom we are all proudly enjoying today. Thank you very much Hon. Foday Gassama for your name shall remain in our liberation history books for posterity. May Allah bless you and your family.

Burama Sanneh (Fabou)

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