Jun 25, 2012, 3:09 PM
We would like to commend President Yahya Jammeh for pardoning Retired Colonel Samsideen Sarr, former officer in the Gambia armed forces, who is currently based in the US, for the last 15 years.
We welcome the noble and divine move taken by the President to pardon such a personality.
It was a good reunion, as we understand that the President received retired colonel Sarr in his hotel room in New York during the 69th UN General Assembly, and they had a lengthy discussion to trash out their differences.
Fifteen years in self-exile is a long time, and it is good that it has been brought to an end.
“We know all what happened and there was reconciliation,” said Retired Col Samsideen Sarr in an interview with GRTS.
“I have spoken to him and asked for forgiveness, and he gave it to me the way I expected. Gambia from my own perspective is bigger than every one of us.”
In life people are bound to make mistakes, but with maturity and a Godly heart, we can always create room in our hearts to forgive those who offend us, because as it is said, to err is human and to forgive is divine.
So we would like to thank our leader for that noble act, and we hope and pray that this gesture of pardoning be extended to other people who are in detention or exile for one reason or the other that has to do with state matters or personal issues.
As a father of the nation, the President is expected to accommodate certain things and see them as weaknesses in human existence, since no man is perfect and all are bound to make mistakes.
Once again, Mr President, with the approach of Arafat, which is Friday October 3, and Tobaski, October 4, it would be good and pleasant to pardon and forgive all those who have offended you.
“To err is human, to forgive divine”