In honour of the Eid-ul-Fitr feast, Gambian President last night hosted Muslim leaders at State House. Unlike his predecessor who never chose his words, President Adama Barrow’s respectful speech was loaded with parables. He recognised the crucial role religious leaders play especially with regard to shepherding their flock. President Barrow commended the clerics who were held hostage by ousted President Yahya Jammeh for upholding their faith by defending the truth during the political impasse. “You have demonstrated your high level of faith by telling the losing president to quit power. You have also paid a courtesy call on me. I really appreciated you for boosting my confidence during that critical time,” President Barrow said, assuring religious leaders of the government’s support although the coffers have been run dry by Yahya Jammeh and his minions. He appealed to clerics to help unite Gambians through their pulpits and other avenues. “The government can only do its part; one cannot be a driver, apprentice driver and conductor. We will strive to do our part but we expect you to help unify Muslims so that Eid can be celebrated on a single day. This government will not reprimand people for praying on different days.”
Incredible message of peace , unity and compassion. This is how a true Gambian president speak , a president who has cultural orientation, religious background , has deep rooted family connection and understanding of our country where diversity is celebrated and tolerance is centerpiece of our unity. President Barrow’s message is complete deviation from the message of hate , threat and division that used to be delivered by uncultured and ignorant president Jammeh. President Barrow’s speech reminded me of former president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s speech . , two indigenous citizens with great family connection, historical roots and cultural orientation to our country. There are similarities how they respectfully and eloquently speak with decency to people. These two leaders are classic , downtown to earth and above all recognized the rights of indigenous citizens. I like the slogan that “if you commit no crime then you have no problem to answer ” .
Never again should we have a president who has no connection, family ties or historical roots to our country. Thank God, he now live in a distance country where he truly belong.
President Barrow’s speech was made in family gathering where elders were given their rightful places based on respect. This is what we call “family gathering ” where unity , peace and compassion are highlighted.
Max, you know it was only yesterday that I was able to muster the courage and endurance to listen to Jammeh’s full anti Mandinka tirade. Truly, am convinced that no sane Jola, Fula, Wollof, Sarahule, or anyone who grew up in our Gambia would go thus far.
Conclusion, we were dealing with an insane foreign Psychopath, who could not be certified for obvious reasons.
This how a leader should behave wish you all the best happy eid Mubarak many more to come