Oct 8, 2008, 5:43 AM
high-powered delegation of ECOWAS leaders is expected to visit The Gambia
today, to talk with the sitting president on the current political standoff
lingering in the country.
The ECOWAS Mediation Support Team, which comprises the Presidents of Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and former president of Ghana, along with representatives of the United Nations and African Union, will visit Banjul to continue talks with the sitting president to find a solution to the political problem hitting hard on the nation.
We are, therefore, praying that this second attempt yields fruit, and pulls our nation from going down the lane of violent conflict.
There has been so much trouble in the world, such as internal strife and external aggressions, many of which have ended up destroying the growth, development, social fabric and human lives of nations.
We should not opt to go down that lane before we come to terms. Let us save our nation of that horrible and infamous history by coming to terms peacefully, and accepting the will of God. Not by violent means.
Many people and organisations have called for a peaceful solution to the problem, which is actually the right path to follow.
A peaceful negotiation is, therefore, the best option. Let us pursue it and see it to the end.
This is another opportunity at hand – the Muhammadu Buhari Mediation Support Team efforts could bring a solution to this impasse.
We, therefore, welcome the Ecowas leaders’ Mediation Support Team to help us resolve this lingering political problem our nation is going through.
Someone has said many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.
"Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.”
William Arthur Ward