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No Single Nation Can Develop Alone

Sep 10, 2009, 6:09 AM

It's an indisputable fact that no nation can prosper without others. Just like human beings we need each other whenever the need arises.
It's clear that when we work together as individuals and nations we can even develop better.
Development does not only stop at economic emancipation, but other domains of life.
Development has to do with so many things, including an educated citizenry, well-informed people, self-reliance, adherence to the rule of law, self-defence, exercise of fundamental freedoms. The list goes on and on.
To achieve the aforementioned, a country needs external intervention and allies, such as genuine friendship.
As nations we need each other, either during difficult and non-difficult moments.
Just a few days ago, President Jammeh returned from Guinea-Bissau where he attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new President of that country. Also, our gallant soldiers returned home from Libya where they took part in the celebration marking the Al-Fateh Revolution. All these remind us that as nations we need each other.
How would a country look like when it is isolated by powerful international organisations and nations.
This brings us to the necessity of the much-talk about African unity.
No nation can stand alone without depending on others so there is a need to further strengthen our relations with the rest of the world.
In fact we are part of the global village and we cannot afford to be alone.
When nations work together in unison a lot can be achieved. We have said it many a times that we need to unite Africa.
As the saying goes, united we stand divided we fall.
Uniting this great continent of ours in key areas of trade, economy, security, etc. could be a starting point for the complete unification of the continent.
When we pull our resources together, we can better the lot of our people. As Africans we must also stop the unnecessary wars and conflicts which are some of the pinching factors responsible for our under-development. This continent is blessed naturally with many mineral resources, yet many people in Africa live in abject poverty.
Integration is a perquisite for Africa's development.
No nation can develop without the support of others.
The support may not necessarily be financial but it could be a technical one.