General Alagie Martin has become the latest casualty of President Yahya Jammeh’s hiring and firing. General Martin, the President’s Chief Guard, has been fired on Wednesday, state radio and television reported.
As usual, no reasons have been explained for the general’s firing, fueling the already climate of fear in the Gambia.
President Jammeh’s office announced General Martin’s firing and subsequent deployment into the foreign affairs in a terse communique.
Alias Lagos, Mr. Martin has been one of the most trusted and loyal ally of President Jammeh. The duo’s relations dated back to their days in the defunct gendarmerie.
The firing of a powerful general who takes orders from only the president has raised more questions than answers. Martin’s principal job is to secure the president’s personal safety.
Martin was accused of masterminding terror on opponents of President Jammeh. His fallout with Mr. Jammeh has been rumoured in recent times.
In October last year, Matin urged asked Gambian soldiers to sacrifice for their country at whatever cost.
“It is time for us to nurture extra sacrifice for this country, work for our leader, our people and for our country. The Gambia is what we have. We must also work as a team and family, respect one another.
Let us sacrifice and prepare to die for our commander-in-chief. As I always said, the revolution is ours, we must defend it whether we like it or not,” he told newly promoted Non-Commissioned Officers in Banjul.
“As far as I am concerned, your promotions will be based on hard work, dedication to duty, loyalty to your commander-in-chief and sacrifice for your country. I always said over time that everybody cannot be promoted at the same time, but if you want to be promoted, you have to work hard.”