Gambia: 'We Must Stand Up to Advocate for Peaceful Coexistence'

The secretary general and head of the Civil Service who doubles as minister for Presidential Affairs has made a strong call on all and sundry to stand up and advocate for peaceful coexistence.

Minister Njogu Bah made this call on Saturday night at the July 22nd Square in Banjul during a grand musical jamboree staged as part of activities celebrating World Peace Day.

He said: "We must all stand up as one family to advocate and stand together for peace and peaceful coexistence, stand by President Jammeh and die for him. We need him to continue to lead us and Inshallah for the next billion years, unless he said enough is enough, he will be with us to continue to protect the peace and stability of this country and beyond. Let us stay united and keep the faith and be patriotic and believe in ourselves, our country and in His Excellency who has brought in development, peace, progress and prosperity in this country."

Friday, November 9th, 2012, was declared a public holiday throughout The Gambia to celebrate the peace being enjoyed in The Gambia and this, according to SG Bah signifies a lot in terms of peace that the country continues to enjoy.

"The world has now become a global village such that instability and war in any part of the world affects us all. Therefore, we must all stand up as one family to advocate and stand together for peace and peaceful coexistence and we are grateful to Allah that all peace loving people around the world are happy with recent political developments in a major world where the call for peace, stability and tolerance prevails over the call for the use of force to solve international problems," Minister Bah further stated.

He reminded the gathering that The Gambia is renowned for her unequivocal stand on the maintenance of peace and tranquility, adding that the country has and will continue to manifest her participation in peace missions around the world.

"We therefore, would like to thank the members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps and all those present at this grand occasion to celebrate peace on this day. We wish to seize the opportunity to also thank the mayors of Banjul and KM, the mobilisers, youths among others for the turnout despite the short notice and on behalf of His Excellency, we want to thank you all for coming. Have fun and let us continue to yearn for peace and continue to pray for peace not only in The Gambia but around the world. Africa and the Black man have a lot to celebrate. Let us start from where we stopped and let the night begin. I thank you all for your kind attention," he concluded.

The musical jamboree was graced by Cabinet ministers, members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, National Assembly members, mayors, governors, service chiefs, and Yaay compins among other dignitaries. Entertainment was provided by the country's musicians.

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