Quench the fear

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The nation has been gripped by fear as we count down to January 10 and 19, when the stalemate in our political journey is expected to be cleared.

Some are saying it could be a make-or-break affair; hence people are busy finding a seemingly safe abode.

According to reports reaching us, and our own findings, a lot of people are leaving the shores of The Gambia almost on a daily basis, for fear of the outcome of the political impasse looming in the country.

Trucks full of household goods and people are leaving various car parks, in Serrekunda and Brikama, for the provinces and neighbouring countries such as Senegal, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau, with some even going further than that to countries like Nigeria and Sierra Leone; the majority of whom for fear of a violent outcome of the political standoff in the country.

While this is happening, businesses are also closing down and the general climate of business in the country is getting colder by the day. Some institutions, organisations and corporations have ceased fulltime operations owing to the political tension in the country, doubting whether there will be a peaceful resolution of the dispute surrounding the results of the December 1, 2016 presidential poll.

At the Brikama car park, our reporter said, yesterday morning, some gele-gele vans were seen carrying household materials, cooking utensils, furniture tied on top of vehicle carriers en-route to the provinces, while some shop owners in the town have reportedly closed down their businesses and relocated to the provinces, southern region of Senegal (Casamance) and Guinea-Bissau.

This state of fear and exodus continues by the day, and goes on to let business transactions wrecked in the country, resulting in hardship and suffering even before anything of a conflict could take place.

Running from one place to another is just one of the negative sides of the current political impasse, but what again could be of something to do is a national call for a peaceful resolution of the matter, backed up with national prayer so as the protagonists in the situation could reason out and agree on a peaceful and smooth exit of the sitting president from office, thereby making way for the president-elect to assume the reins of power.

Also people should curtail the fear and follow reports of newspapers and media outlets in the country. This will help all and sundry to allay the high level of fear being nursed by the populace.

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela