Gambia has embarked on what Wole Soyinka indelibly condemned as Kongi's Harvest: Mass Executions.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria was reported as comparing the mass executions to the Rwanda genocide. All African states should avoid hypocrisy and appropriately respond to Gambia's display of barbarism by abolishing the death penalty in Africa the way Nelson Mandela did in South Africa at a time that the assassins of Chris Hani were still awaiting trial and could have been given the death penalty.
The reasons for abolishing the death penalty across Africa are:
6) The death penalty is biased against poor black men and is therefore arbitrary, cruel and unusual punishment.
For public discussions of the scholarly evidence, see the earlier post here: