Let’s build the nation and move on

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The much-talked about issue of whether Barrow would serve three or five years, has now been put to rest when he publicly made it clear that he would be the president of the country until 2021. So let us concentrate on national development and move on.

Addressing thousands of his fans at a mass political rally on Saturday in Brikama, Barrow was quick to state that his plans are to ensure that he develops the country and that’s his duty now.

However, this remarks were greeted with mix feelings, as some of his critics for the past weeks and months have been increasing call on the social media, for him to hand over the country at the end of three years, as per coalition agreement.

It is reported that this coalition agreement is not binding as it’s not signed; and after all, the constitution supersedes every issue surrounding this three and five years debate.

We are not privy to the coalition agreement and for that we cannot talk much about it. But what is clear and from many analysts, the said coalition agreement was a ‘gentleman agreement’ designed to contest in an election.

The constitution of The Gambia is the supreme law of this land. It is the constitution that supersedes any other agreement one might have made with anybody. Elections are very expensive to hold. Is the Gambia in a position to conduct election at the end of three year and 2 years later? 

In the past week we have seen groups, who are keen on taking to the streets over three-year term, but already the UDP has disassociates itself from anything that could lead to a protest against three years.

But it is crucial at this moment as Gambians to embrace peace, as the latter is indispensable in the development of any nation.

The Gambia has been known for its charming and smiling people. In fact this has enable the country to proof that it is a beacon of hope throughout the world when it comes to its citizens’ peaceful coexistence irrespective of one’s religious or ethnic affiliation.

Nation building calls for collective efforts, so let’s all play our little part in our country’s march towards greater development. The Gambia is the gem we have, so let’s make it great.

 For The Gambia Our homeland, To The Gambia Ever True!

“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”

Simon Sinek