PEACE, PEACE, PEACE!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

We have been hearing rumours of insurgence, especially within the rank and file of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF). 

Indeed things have come to light with the just released press statement from the Gambia army disclosing that some members of the Gambia Armed Forces are being investigated for being part of a WhatsApp chat group that has audio recordings that are apparently engaged in alleged mutinous acts, defamatory, scandalous and unethical behaviour, for which at least four arrests have been made, according to our findings.

We find this scary and more so at this point in time that the dust is still settling from the intense and nail-biting 20-day transition period we underwent during the last days of former President Jammeh, who had refused to hand over power and  the reins of governance after he had lost the December1, 2016 presidential election.

We think we should be left in peace to re-build our political, economic and social lives after the terror we faced under Jammeh in his 22-year grip of our nation.

We should be mindful of the fact that our nation has been a beacon of peace and tranquility, envied far and wide. We therefore do not want to mess up with that virtue and indulge into anything that would cause us to slip into the abyss of violence,  turmoil and decadence,  a situation we have seen befall other sister nations far and near. 

In life we learn in various ways, and one of the ways is through the mistakes of others, which we should avoid repeating.  Nations around us have tasted the bitterness of violence, chaos and war. Therefore we should do everything possible to guard against going down that path.

As someone has said, “we desire increased security, peace and stability” in this country. Hence we would like to commend the officers of the Gambia Armed Forces to continue the good job of maintaining peace and security in this country and would encourage them to intensify security across the country, for we are peace-loving people who cannot afford to entertain violence and conflict in our midst.

Author John Steinbeck once said: “We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.” Please we have just been redeemed from the shackles and terrific grips of the Jammeh regime. Let’s therefore enjoy the peace and liberty we were sorely yearning for over the years.

“Security depends not so much upon how much you have, as upon how much you can do without.”

Joseph Wood Krutch