Former Yaya Jammeh’s aide Lamin Gano has leaped to the defense of General Saul Badjie.
The latter came under torrents of attacks this week after a video surfaced of him debunking allegations he sold Jammeh’s pants to the coalition, plotted to unseat the former regime through the December 30th attack on State House.
In the footage which went viral, Badjie who appeared visibly shaken through his body language, first performed ablution before praying and denying by swearing he had never betrayed Jammeh, now exiled with him in Guinea Equatorial.
And in a perhaps rare move, Gano minutes ago revealed Badjie helped persuade Jammeh to accept his resignation in 2013.
“In June 2013, I confided with General Badjie that I have tendered my letter of resignation from GAF since a month ago but someone at the Defence Headquarters was sceptical about Jammeh’s possible reaction to my letter and therefore decided to play it safe by locking it in a drawer as if it was contaminated with Covid-13. In those days, the fear of Jammeh was indeed the beginning of wisdom (Jilanka!).
“General Badjie laughed and promised me that he will not only make sure that my letter got to Jammeh but he will convince him to give it a positive response. And true to his words, I made history on the 2nd of July 2013 as the first and only Senior Officer to voluntarily and honourably resign from GAF (at least in the 2nd Republic).
“Gen Saul Badjie was one of very few Officers who would intercede with Jammeh on behalf of innocent people whose affairs could have easily gone south. By this Ramadan, I bear witness that he is a good man who was trying very hard to be good by doing good. Perhaps his major challenge was carrying a rank/responsibility which he was not adequately prepared for in terms of training, education and experience.
“There is only one best way to close our country’s dictatorship chapter: Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” Gano said.