Many recent postings on the plight of Halifa Sallah is promising mainly on his image building. The question that observers are wondering about is, would his incarceration boost his popularity and influence?
Is the landscape of Gambian politics ready for patronising a man who wish to be martyred for them? Halifa made it easy to analyst and commentators to pin-point his wishes of being arrested by the Yahya regime. He said "i am the lamb to the slaughter". Well, I for one would rather have him live than kill.
The Gambian politics is such that, Halifa may gain little influence after his release. I standby the claims that, the message of PDOIS/NADD is lost in transmission. Halifa's personal qualities are admirable, but like each and every one of us, he too has serious defects that close observers may pounce on which may derail the headway he secured himself.
I am ready to clarify that statement if asked. Our politicians have serious problem of ego and control. They are hardly change their position even after alternative opinions are put in front of them. Halifa is no exception.
I hope that, he seek legal representation in this case. He can do the opening and closing statement in any court of law. But the legal proceedings should be conducted by a train lawyer.