The fundamental pre-requisite for living together naturally with each other is peace.Give man peace and the human spirit will virtually continue to live meaningfully. The people of The Gambia are universally well known for their maintenance of peace; a product of hospitality and probity which is evident in the Gambia "no-problem" syndrome.
The Gambian socio-conception of absolute equality between men and nations led to a respect for territorial integrity and respect for the institutions of other nations. An association can only be valid and lasting if it is mutual and founded on respect.
Indeed, ours is a society which groups together people from all works of life, nationalities, race, colour, creed and distinct religious faiths, to which the morality of its acts coincide with the peoples' interest.
This socio-cultural spirit has among myriad multiplicity of things created an untiring avenue for intermarriage between and among ethnic groups irrespective of national divergence. We have in the past and of recent times witnessed foreign nationals marrying Gambians. We must be cognisant at this point that we should responsibly safeguard the national unity by upholding the national security to enhance stability and everlasting peace.
Our Gambian society is such that it imbibes tolerance to religions as religious leaders could be seen in their sermons emphasising on the need for unity in lieu of co-existence and inculcating a spirit of common heritage. Despite Muslims constituting 90% of the population, yet they joined other religious faiths in recognition of their festivals like Christmas, Easter, Good Friday just to name but few.
Let us therefore jealously safeguard that peace so that the enemies of the country will never succeed in the destruction of our achievements.