was reported to have vowed to kill all 47 death row inmates, in a speech to mark the Muslim festival of Eid.
promised that "by the middle of next month, all death sentences would have been carried out to the letter; there is no way my government will allow 99% of the population to be held ransom by criminals".
Muslims all over the world practice the Sunna of fasting; a time to ask for forgiveness, a time to relate to the sufferings of the have-nots and a time for peace.
Muslims, who can afford it, though not obligatory, but like during Eid-ul-Arda, celebrate this occasion with the ritual sacrifice of a sheep.
It is a ritual that dates back to biblical times, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his
only son Isaac, to him.
It sounds like in the case of Jammeh; human sacrifice was strictly on the menu.
This could be considered rich; coming from a man who, after winning his
fourth term in power in a widely dubious election, told the BBC
critics could "go to hell" because he
feared "only Allah".
God-fearing may have taken another meaning. (Photo: Abdulai Mansaray, author)
The implications of his
latest penchant for notoriety have had far reaching repercussions and reactions.
Amnesty International's deputy director for the African region condemned "the decision of the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to execute nine prisoners after more than a quarter of a century without execution would be a giant leap backwards".
The Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG) said in a statement that "on the day of Eid-al-Fitr, when Muslims the world over seek forgiveness, extend messages of peace and love, show solidarity with one another and those in distressing conditions that President Jammeh chose once again to show his brutality and repressive nature".
President Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994 and since then, he has systematically removed potential "Political competitors" from the scene, with the latest coming last year when he sentenced to death eight military top brass that included the former army and intelligence chiefs and the ex-deputy head of the police force for treason.
But that is where the similarities and differences begin and end for Yahya Jammeh
and Maada Wonie Bio.
has hung onto to power since 1994 and has been seen by his
critics as one of the newest but last vestiges of African dictatorships, while Maada relinquished power following an election.
As these clouds of doubts gather momentum, Yahya Jammeh's
latest charade is bound to bring the focus back on to Bio Many will say that if Bio is to lead this country, accountability and a clean bill of political health will not go amiss.
The appointment of Maada as presidential candidate was seen by many, including members of the SLPP
as an unsafe bet.