On maintenance of peace

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Peace is indispensable in the development of any nation. The Gambia is a beacon of hope throughout the world when it comes to its citizens’ peaceful coexistence irrespective of one’s religious or ethnic affiliation.

The recent remarks making rounds involving the former APRC parliamentarian Abdoulie Saine, who recorded a WhatsApp audio uttering ‘abusive and offensive remarks against the entire Mandingo tribe’, is not only disturbing but shocking.

As Gautama Buddha famously put it, to enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

This hate remarks came at a time when Gambians need each other more than ever before in our country’s march towards national reconciliation.

It is high time we as Gambians embrace one and another in the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood and stand as a family instead of fanning hatred among the society.

We must bear in mind that Rome was not built in a day and so is it the case that Rome was built by none but the Romans.

It is therefore incumbent upon every citizen to always nurture and pray for peace and stability in our dear country.

Nation building calls for collective effort, so let’s all play our little part in our country’s march towards greater development with one goal to develop this great country of ours.

“My passion stems from seeking world peace and finding how we can live together creatively rather than violently.”

Mimi Kennedy