22 July 2016
The Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh on Friday celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the coup that brought him to power by urging his compatriots to change their attitude, shun corruption and contribute to national development.
He said that under his regime, the country achieved more than it did under British colonial rule and during the 31 years of post-independence administration.
He said that by year 2025, Gambia would “become Africa’s super power’’ with better economy, health, education and agriculture among others.
The country’s notable achievements include newly-built schools, health facilities and roads but hospitals lack qualified practitioners and face shortage of medicines while poverty persists.
Though the anniversary has eclipsed the Feb. 18 National Independence Day, Friday’s celebration in the capital, Banjul, was attended mainly by students and government officials.
Jammeh urged Gambian students to do away with potentially dangerous social media, especially Facebook, which he said was used by many girls to “expose their body.”
Child prostitution is equally rampant in The Gambia.