President, as Gambians continue to mourn the passing away of the founding
father of the nation, Alhaji Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, who left this world last
Tuesday 27 August 2019, we would like to use this opportunity to extend our
sincere condolences to the family, friends, loved ones, well wishers, relatives
and the entire Gambian populace and pray that God will forgive him his
shortcomings and grant him eternal rest in Paradise.
Mr. President, as a sign of appreciation of the progresses of our late founding father, we want to appeal to you, Your Excellency to help engrave the legacy of this hero into Gambian public space.
To do this, we solemnly appeal to you to consider renaming our airport and the only university of the Gambia after him thus Sir Dawda Jawara International Airport and Sir Dawda Jawara University.
Mr. President, Sir Dawda’s beautiful legacy which was so eloquently recounted by two of his former Ministers Omar A. Jallow and Hassan B. Jallow and others during his state funeral on Thursday needs to be celebrated and emulated by all Gambians.
Many of the younger generation, who watched the televised proceeding, must have realised that Sir Dawda had indeed achieved a lot for The Gambia and was not as bad as the 1994 coupists wanted them to believe.
Mr. President, Sir Dawda’s achievements in the fields of health, agriculture and education as well as in the respect for human rights and respect for the rule of law, should be narrated to young people.
The hallmarks of his personality notably honesty, modesty, fairness, and tolerance are also examples for all politicians to emulate.
Mr. President, Sir Dawda’s achievements in the field of diplomacy and peace meditating in the subregion, the continent and globally must be celebrated. Sir Dawda in 1979 in Monrovia through his initiative invited late President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal and late President Sekou Touray of Guinea Conakry to reconcile them in the best interest of the subregion. He invited his other colleagues late president of Liberia Tolbert, late President Houphouet Boigny of Cote d’Ivoire late President Eyadema
of Togo, to all sit in a round table to settle their difference: Senegal/Guinea Conakry, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire; then he proposed a football tournament between the six nations which Liberia defeated Gambia in the final by a lone goal in Monrovia.
In 1987 as the Chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Conference he invited to Kuwait leaders of Iraq and Iran to reconcile. When Sir Dawda was chairman of ECOWAS in 1990, he invited to Banjul the Liberian waring factions to have peace talks and sent the newly formed ECOMOG to Liberia to maintain peace there.
Mr. President, Sir Dawda’s wife, Ajaratou Lady Chilel Jawara also provides excellent qualities for our wives and daughters to follow.
Having been married to Sir Dawda for 51 long years, she demonstrated loyalty and support for her husband. She is a dignified lady who stood by Sir Dawda throughout his life.
Mr. President, Sir Dawda devoted his entire active life working for The Gambia and achieving great things for this country and renaming some important national institutions after him is the least this country can do for him.
Finally, Mr. President, we advice that you try copying if not all but most of the good qualities that Sir Dawda had and the strategies he used to govern this country so that you can one day be celebrated as a hero too.
ADIEU SIR DAWDA. YOU WERE INDEED A GREAT LEADER.