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Jammeh urges religious leaders to preach ‘peace, reconciliation’

Dec 16, 2016, 12:21 PM

President Yahya Jammeh received yesterday religious leaders at State House of both Christians and Muslims, and restated the importance of forgiveness, peace, unity and reconciliation amongst Gambians through the spirit of God.

In his statement, the president said: “I am asking the religious leaders to preach peace for all of us to forgive, and the reason why I am calling religious leaders is because people listen to you more than they listen to politicians.

“All I want us to do is to forget what had been said about us, what they have done to us and other people. All I want is reconciliation so that the country continues.”

Jammeh further said the peace had been threatened and sabotaged recently by a number of people on the other side of the political aisle, especially in the aftermath of the December 1st poll.

He further said he respects the Christian religion, that Gambia has religious tolerance and that he doesn’t hate the Christians, emphasizing that he grew up under a Catholic family.