A clarion call
Friday, July 24, 2009
In any political jurisdiction, there are bound to be differences in terms of political affiliations. This is a fundamental characteristic of a democratic society. However, it is important to note that genuine politics calls for putting national interest before personal gains. Without this selfless conscience, there cannot be any meaningful development.
It is therefore pertinent that the Gambian leader, in his 15th July 22nd revolution anniversary speech raised this issue.
The leadership is cognizant of the fact that The Gambia cannot attain meaningful development without its citizenry having all hands on deck. We should join hands regardless of political differences in nation building. Besides, it is The Gambia that we have anywhere we go to in this world. Regardless of our political affiliations, it is The Gambia that we look up to anywhere we are in this world.
Ever since the birth of a new Gambia, there has been a proliferation of development in all sectors of the country. There has been no marginalization in terms of people accessing and benefiting from the developments brought about by President Jammeh. Every Gambian has an equal share of what is been produced in the society. It is therefore in the best interest of patriotism and nationalism for each and every Gambian to cement loyalty to the state and continue to rally behind the leadership that is struggling to emancipate this country from the relics of colonial backwardness.
The fact that President Jammeh continues to call on Gambians to rally behind a common front for development is enough justification to argue that he is that type of leader who has at the core of his governance agenda the need for the fulfillment of the needs and aspiration of the people. Much more, genuine politics calls for the mobilization of the citizenry to complement the efforts of the leadership in the development of the state.
We therefore hope that as Gambians will liberate themselves from those who are trying to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal cords and pay heed to the calls of President Jammeh. Gambia belongs to all Gambians. Thus, we cannot allow those who utilize the institution of politics for their personal gains to keep us apart.
Author: Daily Observer