27 July 2011

Gambia: Unity is Strength

editorial

We wish to echo the call by His Excellency the president that the people of Kombo East should close political ranks and nurture unity among themselves for development and prosperity to flourish. This call by the president as he resumed the second leg of the Dialogue with the people's tour did not only come at a much better time, but also manifests the leadership's strong desire to ensure that the country achieves the best for its citizenry.

It is obvious that the virtues of unity, harmony and strength in society are the collective norms that bind people together and make them share a common sense of purpose and direction. Without unity, there would be no peace and the culture of tolerance, civility and forbearance which society needs for the production and reproduction of real life would be left unexploited. Society as a result would lack the collective ideology to coordinate the actions of people towards the achievement of common goals as each individual would want to use the other as a means to an end. Unity among the people is therefore the fundamental basics for the attainment of our much-desired national development aspirations.

Kombo East is well known for the hospitality of its people and the promotion of shared values. Such values should therefore be the basis for reference when political issues are concerned. At this critical time that the country is heading for elections, nurturing political unity and rallying behind the forces of development and progress is in the best interest of the constituency and the country at large. The youths of Kombo East should be at the vanguard in heeding the president's call for closing political ranks and nurturing unity. They also owe a great responsibility to their area in terms of their much needed contribution. In fact, the advantage that comes along with youthfulness makes the youth of this country an indispensable treasure of some sort.

The youth and people of Kombo East should therefore take the president as their mirror and distance themselves from trivial issues that can politically separate them. It should be noted that what binds us as a people in a defined geographical area are far greater than the issues that keep us apart. An insignificant minority that does not share our common aspirations should therefore not be allowed to derail our progress. The People of Kombo East must rise to the challenge and move forward to the way of victory.

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