Captain Oumar Touré sent a moving message to the Senegalese via his Facebook account on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. The chief investigator in the case between MP Ousmane Sonko and a masseuse named Adji Sarr, the judicial police officer was disbarred from the ranks of the National Gendarmerie by the Head of State Macky Sall on Thursday 18 June 2021. While thanking the Senegalese for the moral support they gave him, Captain Oumar Touré took the decision of his dismissal with philosophy without failing to recall the sense of dignity and virtue whatever the function occupied. Ze-africanews gives you the full message of the 32-year-old investigator.
“My dear compatriots,
Today, Wednesday, July 07, 2021, I received notification of my removal from the controls of the Senegalese National Gendarmerie, following Decree No. 2021 – 830 of June 17, 2021, with my removal from the ranks of the Senegalese National Gendarmerie.
I was incorporated into the National Gendarmerie on December 03, 2012 and appointed to the rank of second lieutenant (first rank of an active officer) by Decree 2015-301 of March 09, 2015, after which I completed eight (08) years, six (06) months and fourteen (14) days of active service in the Senegalese gendarmerie.
My oath as a constable was “I swear to obey my leaders in all matters relating to the service to which I am called and, in the performance of my duties, to use the force entrusted to me only for the maintenance of order and the enforcement of laws and regulations”. Article 03 of Decree 74-683 of 09 July 1974. In the service to which I have been called, I have always tried to make this oath a credo and a motto in my dealings with my colleagues and with the citizens of our country.
I’m probably leaving, but the time spent together has forged between you (gendarmes) and me strong and sincere ties, which the trial of time, however harsh, cannot undo. Beyond fraternal relations, objectivity requires me, if tomorrow I were asked about the best public service of the Republic of Senegal, to answer without hesitation that it is the national gendarmerie. The gendarmerie is and never will be in the image of a single man whatever his personality, his behaviour or his hierarchical position but the sum of sacrifice and the reflection of men and women who are the ramparts of the city everywhere and every day.
It was a great honour to have been able to serve my country as a constable and above all a privilege to have worked with the men of value who make up this weapon. I have learned and understood with you that honour and fatherland are a reality, an experience and not mere words engraved on a badge, which are pronounced for the needs of a ceremony or for a speech sometimes at the antipodes of the aspirations and the reality of the troupe. Thank you for everything.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Senegalese people and to all those people who, through social media throughout the world, have given me their support and continue to do so today. I know that you believe in truth and justice, which is why I have never felt alone during this ordeal. I humbly invite you to keep this momentum and to love your homeland more because it (the homeland) is the landmark and pride of each one of us. Love of the homeland is not a song but a behaviour to be adopted. This behaviour begins with our daily relationships of respect, discipline, acceptance of the other and tolerance among fellow citizens.
In today’s world where everything seems to be done, to please others, to look good, I respectfully recommend that you have the courage to face the judgment of others by doing what seems good to you for your homeland and not what seems good to others. The former Director of the FBI, James COMEY in his book lies and truths quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “it is easy in the world to live according to the opinion of the world; it is easy in solitude to live according to one’s own opinion; but the great man is the one who, in the midst of the crowd, preserves with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude”. We’re all that great man, if we really want to be.
I thank my family, my parents and my wife in particular, who never doubted me and allowed me to find the strength to believe in my ideals.
I thank my civilian and military comrades and loved ones, who from day one have given me unwavering support.
Today I am no longer a member of the active Senegalese armed forces, therefore I dedicate myself to my family and personal activities while waiting for the opening of new perspectives.
Always remember that our ephemeral degrees, titles and functions are certainly important because they allow us to exist in society. But never forget that we are first and foremost human beings. And if a title, function or rank takes over your being then you lose control of what the true meaning of human life is.
God save Senegal
I thank you”
Mr Oumar Touré, student in Legal and Political Science.