Dec 7, 2012, 9:40 AM
Therefore, we must safeguard the peace and tranquillity in the land. This virtue is strongly highlighted in the following remarks from various authorities in our domain.
“Today, let us continue to pray for the peace of our world and this nation The Gambia, even as we join millions of people all over the world and here in The Gambia to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2015.
“The New Year reminds us to be thankful that, here in The Gambia, there are many diverse people from different backgrounds, cultures and traditions and that The Gambia benefits greatly from this rich diversity.
“Today, the hope is that as we strive to work and live peaceably together, we will continue to build the country and participate in the development for our present and future lives and generations,” a New Year message by the Most Reverend Hannah Caroline Faal-Heim of Methodist Church The Gambia and Chairperson, Gambia Christian Council.
Delivering his message on New Year’s eve, President Jammeh emphasised thatthose who sponsor and advocate violence for regime change should know that they are notonly working against and in violation of the human rights and legitimate interests of those affected, but also against the will of the Almighty Allah.
“This is why they will never succeed… We stand firm for the promotion of peace and security for humanity… We also vehemently condemn those who advocate and sponsor violence and mayhem as instruments of regime change,” the President said.
Referring to the attack on Gambia’s peace and tranquillity, a statement by the spokesperson of the US Department of State read: “We strongly condemn any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means. We regret the loss of life and call on all parties to refrain from further violence.”
Muhammad Ali the renowned boxer once said: “Fighting is not the answer to frustration and hate. It is a sport, not a philosophy of life.”
So let’s maintain peace and tranquillity.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”