23 May 2014

Gambia: Infanticide Again


Infanticide is again in the news barely a few weeks after we reported a similar incident. This is a cause for alarm because if nothing urgent is done, it can destroy the future of the country. Crimes like infanticide, murder, rape and others have made it more urgent that the citizenry should be vigilant and always be ready to give information to the police regarding unfamiliar movements in their neighbourhoods so that criminal-minded people can always be prevented from accomplishing their goals.

Everyone is aware that killing is very painful and inhuman. Children are the future leaders and this must be remembered always. They are among the most vulnerable members of society and therefore deserve our utmost protection. The innocent child you are killing can become someone very important in society tomorrow. We have constantly maintained herein that a progressive society does not drop from the sky; rather, such a society is planted, nurtured and fostered to bear fruits by a decent people; a people who act towards each other in the spirit of brotherhood and humanity. The process of engendering such a conscious people should also be everybody's responsibility.

As Gambians, we should therefore put all hands on deck to complement the efforts of the government in that respect. It is a national obligation for each of us to ensure that social menaces like killing, rape and the like are not permitted in this country. Of course, the officers and personnel of our national security apparatus should be commended for their hard work and devotion to the protection of civilians. They are keeping us safe.

However, the sharp upsurge in crime and criminality and the presence of a catalogue of violent criminal cases in the courts must be a wake-up call. Society should give as much information on crime and criminality as possible. We should stop harbouring criminality in our own backyards and expose criminals and their nefarious activities with alacrity.

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