I’m late to this story, but I was recently reading about President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia. While many African countries have made great strides in democratization in recent years, Mr. Jammeh is apparently not a fan.
In 2011he claimed that he “will rule for “one billion years”, if God wills.” Apparently God still wills it as he hasn’t stepped down. And what about critics who say that he wins elections through intimidation and fraud. They can “go to hell”!
Other great claims by the big man of Gambia:
1. In 2007, he noted that he could personally cure HIV/AIDS with herbs.
2. He can also cure infertility in women.
3. In 2008, he threatened that any homosexuals in the country would be beheaded. He later backed off that threat, but in 2013 stated: “Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights.” Note: what is up with the buffalo and grass references?
The 2011 article about the president that I referenced above ends with this awesome statement: “The tiny West African state is a popular tourist destination.” Really? As compared to what? Somalia?