AfrikaJom Center, Y’en a marre, AfricTivistes, Legs Africa, Senegalese League for the Defense of Human Rights, Raddho, Senegalese Social Forum, Frapp France releases, Uden, Seydi Ababacar Sy Ndiaye, and Abdourahmane Sow… These are the ten activist organizations that signed a collective open letter warning Macky Sall against the temptation to run again in 2024. Determined, they chose to shout “NTM”, “no to a third term”.
We can clearly see, with this acronym, that the rappers of Y’en a marre, who know their classics, have taken power in this anti-third term collective, or rather anti-third candidacy. Because, in France, NTM is the name of a rap group from the 1990s – which has since broken up –, made up of Kool Shen and Joey Starr, and which means “fuck your m…e”. Astafourllah!
It is very insulting to the Senegalese presidential function. Everything that is excessive is insignificant. Remember that NTM was originally a group of idle “graffiti artists” who flooded the walls of the corridors of the Paris metro and its cars with these three initials to shout their rage towards the established powers and, dare we say it, their hatred of society. . “I don’t know if it actually made sense, it was just what we wrote on the walls. We had no reason to be exposed to the media, so we called each other “Nique your mother”. Afterwards, we rapped and kept the same name,” said Kool Shen, trying to explain the symbolism of this name.
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Of course, NTM was heavily criticized for the virulence of its lyrics. In July 1995, the very day of the French National Day, during a concert in La Seyne-sur-Mer organized by SOS Racisme to protest against the election of a mayor of the National Front (FN) in Toulon (in 2022 , the ex-FN has a parliamentary group, so all this agitation will have been for nothing), NTM interprets the title “Police”. To introduce the song, Joey Starr shouts his hatred of justice and the police. This will be worth to the members of the group, at the end of 1996, a sentence in first instance in court to three months in prison (and three months suspended) as well as a six-month ban “to exercise the profession of singer of variety”, for “outrageous remarks” towards the police.
NTM lodged an appeal and, in June 1997, the Court of Appeal reduced the judgment of the Toulon court by condemning Kool Shen and Joey Starr to a fine of 50,000 francs (approximately 7,600 euros) and a two-month suspended prison sentence. . Here is an excerpt from the lyrics of the litigious song: “Fuck the police / Fuck the CSA / Give me bullets for the municipal police / So fuck your bulletproof vest / based on popopopop”…
Clearly, the collective of Senegalese activists offers us an outrageous, disturbing and degrading reference, in its anti-third term fight; combat whose principle we can nevertheless accept as legitimate. But politics, in the Republic and in a democracy, is not done in the street. It is practiced in deliberative assemblies, within the government and before the courts empowered to be seized.
Failing this, we compete in a shallot race, with the early return of a deleterious climate: since the Alioune Tine, Y’en a marre and others decided to pound the pavement with their collective text and their subsequent interviews against what it would be more precise to call a “possible third presidential candidacy” of Macky Sall (and not “a third guaranteed mandate”, because that would be selling the skin of the bear before having killed him), the public political declarations of ministers, general managers and supporters of the Head of State in favor of his new participation in the race for the supreme magistracy are multiplying.
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The Senegalese again lose their serenity. While with the government of Amadou Ba just installed and the National Assembly recently formed, we should have been entitled to a peace of the brave and a truce of twelve months, so that the country works on economic issues and public policies at least until September-October 2023.
« Yewwi », « Wallu »
Since it is the era and the hour of lapidary formulas and acronyms which hiss in the ears, slap, scratch and debase, allow me to spin a few, of these pearls pronounced by the politicians, from here and moreover, barely paraphrased, to put them all in agreement.
When the time has come, the time has come? The Senegalese activists around Alioune Tine are specialists in the trap of consensus – a consensus which, moreover, we do not know how and by what effect of the Holy Spirit they proclaim them.
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Here comes immobility and we don’t know how to stop it? Senegalese activists love the insane and the chained so much that they make them themselves to better claim that they are untying the chains of the latter, in the “Yewwi” or “Walu” mode.
Dear activists, I’m not sure that we gain height by climbing on a table to stamp and gesticulate there. We’re in a shared house with a gas leak. The activists, with their acronym NTM, decided to strike a match there to see clearly. There must remain a firing angle for peace.
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When you are in business you run out of breath; when you are in opposition (and activism), you do not run out of air? The permanent miracle of Senegalese activists is that they are convinced that people are still waiting for them to remake the world, after each double presidential term.
Slice at the ballot box
As for Macky Sall, he could be thinking this: “Even when I say nothing, it makes noise. And as the late French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing said about the European Constitution (a remark which could also apply to the current Senegalese Constitution): “It is an easily readable, clear and quite nicely written text: I say it all the more easily because it was I who wrote it. »
If the Head of State wants to run, and finally decides to do so, let the Constitutional Council decide whether he has the right to do so or not. When he has actually submitted his candidacy. And let’s decide at the ballot box, as we did with Abdoulaye Wade in March 2012. Who can do more can do less. Without unnecessary deaths.
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As far as I’m concerned, I don’t feel like I’m cheating on my wife when I’m with Senegal. And with the people. Activists, rather than choosing this unworthy acronym NTM, even if it means seeking ideas from French rappers, you should have selected the poet MC Solaar (born in Senegal by the way) and adopted the title of his emblematic and founding song as your slogan. : “Move from to be »!