By Pa Mlick Nyassi (PM Nyassi)
Since I was young, my beliefs, motivations and ideas are mostly centered on my dad. My dad achieved the status and character which has played a very important role in defining who I am today.
One of the political ideologies of my dad is moderate politics. And being moderate means being able to think through consequences and come up with value free propositions that are free from biases.
My father left me living in a concrete circle that is characterized by political forces and there is no other way than to swim with the concrete circle. If I want to force my way out of the concrete circle, it is either by harming myself or break the concrete circle and the tendency of me harming myself is greater.
I can avoid the reality but I cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality and the consequence of avoiding reality is always accompanied by “had I known”.
What is more disturbing and it will always stick into my memory was the experience I had when my dad passed away. In my opinion, whenever dead comes, political and other affiliated differences should be sidelined. When a political opponent dies, all the people who are occupying the political space should come together as a unique political entity and mourn for the deceased.
As a result, as partners in development, not a single government representative was sent on behalf of the government to sympathize with my family, although some government employees graced the occasion on individual grounds based on their family relations to my dad but the government turned a deaf ear as if nothing had happened. This is the least that I except from a responsive government.
I am always yellow because my father, Ousainou Darboe and others were among the people who laid the foundation of which the United Democratic Party has been and is resting on. Going against the United Democratic Party by any and every method will tantamount to opposing the fundamental principles of my beloved father which I don’t want to compromise with by all definition and standard.
By extension, I am yellow because I believe in the political philosophy of the United Democratic Party and I am ever ready to project and amplify the interest of the party.
Finally, I would like to thank the UDP membership and leadership for the continuous support that they are rendering to the Family. I would not like to mention names but my deepest appreciation goes to individuals who support the family in any way that they could.