In its statement, The Gambian government said it had “withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth”.
It said it had “decided that The Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism”.
Oddly enough, whatever their differences with their former colonial masters in London, I don’t believe any of the over 50 members of the Commonwealth has ever quit for this reason until now. Mr Jammeh, however, is a somewhat eccentric figure. He devoted much of his speech to the UN the other day to a lengthy denunciation of homosexuality, which he called one of the three “biggest threats to human existence”. Jammeh is not alone among African leaders in his antipathy (see Robert Mugabe on “the gay gangster leading the gay government of the gay United gay Kingdom“), but he is taking a more hands-on approach:
He has also drawn international criticism for claiming he can cure Aids with a herbal body rub and bananas.
Don’t knock it. After two years of ObamaCare, that’ll also be the official cure for a hernia, a broken leg and a cerebral haemorrhage.