Unity, is the catalyst for collective progress and sustainable development. As when people are willing to keep their differences aside and forge a strong alliance for common interest, there’s to no limit what they can achieve. Unity is power, and a united society is a harmonious society one which guarantees tolerance, peaceful coexistence and social justice. A homogenous society like the Gambia, we are more intertwined than separated, united than divided.
Although, truth and fact are relatively the same, yet to be honest and trustworthy is by far the hardest thing Gambian elites and politicians can uphold. More over, the Gambian indigenous society does not question, gauge, or critically analyse but weave first to celebrate. What? [Atmost we do not know] but sentiments compel us. So truth is mostly dress in colourful attires like ‘assurance’, ‘hope’ and ambience.
Meanwhile, Gambia is the smallest country in mainland Africa, with a population less than 2million people. We’re surrounded by Senegal except in the coast [Atlantic Ocean], which safe us from being extinct ‘per se’. Thus, among the reasons we are called ‘The Smiling Coast of West Africa’ include our geography, [Gambia at the mouth of the Atlantic Coast]. Notwithstanding the sociable nature of Gambians, is a daring experienced, thus it’s irresistible to be an extrovert in the Gambia.
Noting all the above;
why must it be difficult for native Gambians to be united? Why are our tribes becoming the diving line between us? Why can’t we united in diversity? Why does our politics divide us more than it unite us? why do we let our social differences determine our objectives for national development?
For far too long, our politics have been a means to exploit, extort and deceive the masses. Deception, divide and rule, nepotism, corruption and thievery. As a result, everyday we breed a new wave of hatred, acrimony, sentimentalism and tribalism. We have rather become our own foes, castigating and provoking one another just because we share a different view on politics. We argue on sentiments rather than facts, subjectivity rather than objectivity – this vicious circle of ignominy and selfishness is retarding our development as a nation and our growth as people.
Some times, i ask myself this question, are Gambians serious about “Change and Transformation”? Because seeing citizens and particularly intellectuals normalising the status quo of this country amid the growing greed for power and political supremacy is an intellectual dishonesty, thereby promoting monopolistic propagandas. This is extremely deceitful.
Mind you Gambians… we owed it to ourselves as citizens, [especially intellectuals] to speak in a bid to amplify voices, resonate change, exemplify good practices, inspire hope, condemn authoritarianism and de facto dictatorship. Hence, promote truth, justice, equality and accountability. But not to speak in a bid to appease a political party, a politician or the presidency. More or less to let your conscience be clouded by sentiments rather than truth. It is prudent to be civil yet critical as citizens, [particularly today] as this is our country – owned by no individual person,party or tribe, but every Gambian, home and abroad. And our societies are founded and operated on the auspices our behaviours, attitudes, reactions and in-actions, values and mindsets.
To speak the obvious, the Gambian society needs not a political saint to be unified, tolerant, economic stabled, developed, peaceful and just society. We needs an honest, selfishless, focused and pragmatic leader to deliver us a ‘transformed Gambia’. And there’s no magic to achieving this, but a total re-invention of the Gambian, i.e. a complete change and transformation of the Gambian in it’s entirety – from the leadership to the citizenry must take effect right away. It’s about us, for us and up to us.