Dear editor, can you please kindly give me a space in your widely read news paper, to express the following concerns in relation to events taking place in our dear mother land” the Gambia” Following the country successfully won the wrestling with over 22 years of dictatorship, the smiling coast of Africa must not let crisis engulf this glorious victory. Therefore, the last thing we need in that country is a “frequent civil disobedience”. I was absolutely baffle however, not surprises by the recent waves of violence tendency which surfaced from April this year after NAM’s election in the Gambia. My fellow citizens, if you could still recall; civil disobedience which had erupted in Foni Sibanor, and URR such similar events had recently repeated in Kombou Farratou, and Foni Kanilai. Why all of sudden, a societies always known for its tolerance towards everything and anything including the culture of peaceful coexisting between tribes living side by side together for many centuries why now risking all that to replace with uncertainty at all aspect?
Without any excuse; why are we letting political intolerance, religious intolerance, tribalism rhetoric’s including hates, and vengeances from the past slowly engulfing this wonderful mother land particularly the recent negative tribal rhetoric circulating in the social media between Gambians communities living Diaspora; Why…why…why? As patriotic citizens of one nation; why can’t we come together as one massive force of strength, at least for the sake of the Gambia to say enough is enough to political intolerance, religious misunderstanding and wipe-out hate which is rapidly consuming the minds of our civil society? In the book which I recently published title” How to Build the Gambia” I had stated some clear guidelines of how the government in collaboration with civil society shall do to tackle these attitudes from our society immediately. This includes; dialogue in the new political dispensation, engage community leaders to national civic education scheme as well as tough actions against those who want compromise peace and stability in the country.
A country where most people’s still struggle to understand the true meaning of democracy, freedom, and liberty; allowing frequent public demonstration taking place in such society could lead to many loses of lives and properties. The poor country like Gambia cannot afford to risk destruction of what had been built from the past fifty years after she gained independent from the British colony. One innocent life of one Gambian is equal to lives of whole Gambian, its only one Gambia, one nation, one flag, one people. As good citizens of this nation we must jealously safeguard peace and stability which the nation is always known about. We should not let the interest for certain individuals to destroy the national unity which gave our nation the title of “smiling coast of Africa”. Unfortunately; a society which is full of people’s with copycats attitudes, in my view for such society, the government should order the citizens to cease from all forms of public demonstration with immediate effect until each citizen had fully understand the true meaning of freedom and liberty. In this new political dispensation; anyone who wish to express their view trough the intention of public demonstration shall go through their local representatives or direct all their concerns to the government trough the ministry of information in writing form to address those issues.
In conclusion; Gambians living in Diaspora have moral obligation to ensure peace is always prevail back home in the Gambia. Donald Trump white House pulse the UK Brexit had confirmed theory of the old rhetoric” there is no place like home”. No matter what; our spirits of national unity and reconciliation from the past misunderstanding must continue with no hindrance. It’s the common interest which we must strive to achieve; not just for today but for our collective future generations to come.
Yaya Sillah, the author