12 February 2016

Gambia: The President and His Noble Stance Against Extremism

editorial

President Jammeh and his Government have always stood firm against the menace of violence in the name of religion. The beauty of this stance is not only in its honesty and nobility but also in the consistency that has characterised our President's insistence on the fact that Islam is a religion of peace and anyone who embraces violence cannot be a genuine Muslim.

In today's paper, we publish the French President's message of gratitude for President Jammeh's support during the crisis that visited the French Capital in the gruesome murder unleashed on innocent people in Paris late last year.

Unlike other world leaders who are selective as to which type of violence to condemn or what type of religious extremism is to be condemned based on the identity and political affiliation of the perpetrators, President Jammeh has been the most sincere and consistent in condemning religious violence of any shade or colour.

This occasion brings to mind President Jammeh's very bold and brilliantly eloquent address delivered in Abuja in 2014 during Nigeria's Centenary celebrations where he roundly condemned Boko Haram for their ungodly attacks against innocent Nigerians. He made it crystal clear that Islam and its Holy Book are unequivocal about religious tolerance and non-violence, making reference to "Surah Kaafiroon".

We hope that all world leaders would follow President Jammeh's example and be bold and honest enough to condemn religious extremism and fundamentalist violence no matter where it comes from or what shade of colour or political persuasion the perpetrators of such violence are 'clothed' with.

May peace reign on earth now and forever.

Gambia

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