Gambia: The bigotry must stop

Gambia: The bigotry must stop

The recent attack on the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party militants is unacceptable. I can’t imagine that this kind of bigotry is still happening in our new democratic dispensation because this is the injustices we fought against in the Jammeh era.

However, it is disappointing to see the same people who cried foul during Jammeh’s rule replicate the same barbaric behaviors that they were accusing the former regime and its thugs of.

The APRC is a legitimate political party like any other party in the country and as citizens, they have the right to organize political rallies around the country. That’s what we call freedom of assembly as enshrined in the 1997 constitution.

The fact that the APRC regime led by former President Yahya Jammeh subjected innocent Gambians to cruelty doesn’t mean that supporters of the current dispensation should revenge. This is not what decent Gambians voted for on December 1st, 2016.

I agree with the government that “as a responsible government, the natural cause of action to take, as is expected, is to investigate into the incident so as to get to the bottom of it.” Regardless of which political party the culprits are, they should face the law if found guilty.

Gone are the days of animal farm – 22 years of abuse is enough pain for us to endure. I wish to commend President Barrow for instructing the competent institutions to urgently and diligently looked into the incident to avoid repetition of such unfortunate acts.

The reality is many Gambians lack the political maturity and the National Council for Civic Education need to do more to raise awareness of civic and political rights.

Bigotry will not take us anywhere. Therefore, let us cherish the peaceful co-existence that has been there since time immemorial. The Gambia must not venture to tribal politics. We have seen its implications in places Rwanda, other countries in Africa and around the globe.

The Gambia is seen as a beacon of democracy and human rights in Africa. Therefore, the coalition government must endeavor to maintain the status quo with a view to restoring confidence to the electorates and the international partners.

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