As a concerned Gambian citizen I was very proud and at ease when I heard president Barrow’s speech in Foni. With this convincing speech the President has become a unifying figure for our polarized nation and the timing cannot be more urgent.
The destroyers and saboteurs were on it for far too long and the time is always right that someone go to Foni and have a mutual dialogue with the people of Foni. President Barrow sees the urgency and importance of the situation that he deems it vital to be in Foni personally and conduct a national dialogue with the humbled natives of Foni.
The President does this not because Foni is important than the rest of the country, but it is because there are bad elements polluting and poisoning the minds and souls of the good people of Foni. Foni is part of the Gambia and the people of Foni are Gambians hence they are not a deserted island of themselves. The people of Foni should not in anyway be alienated or left alone simply because someone bad (Yaya Jammeh) came from their midst. The rest of the nation should not blame Foni or the Foni people for the wrongs of their brutal dictator son. The Gambia is a nation of tolerant people and those who are hell bent on creating havoc among us should not be given the chance to succeed. President Barrow spoke in Foni but his brilliant message echoed nationwide.The peace and tranquility that prevails in the country and among our diverse people should be jealously guarded. Whether we Gambians are aware or not the Gambia is an envy in the African continent and far beyond. We have an outstanding diverse society and our peaceful attitude and coexistence is not common everywhere in this planet.
People who go on insulting the present leaders of our nation and trying to set tribes against each other have nothing to lose and they don’t have the Gambia in their hearts despite what they claim. How on earth can someone claim to be a role model and a good ambassador for his/her country when you go on day in day out insulting your country’s leaders? This is beyond both human understanding and human decency.
Unlike Yayha Jammeh, President Barrow did not threaten anyone and did not insult anyone or use foul language against anyone during his dialogue with the Foni people. The President was honest and straight forward when he told the people of Foni that “presidents can come” and go just like former president Jawara and Yahya Jammeh and him (President Barrow) too will leave office one day. The President also talked and mentioned the proposed term limit for a sitting president which is under review and will become law. Either parliament or the people of the Gambia will surely decide that and have their own say.
Listening carefully to President Barrow’s speech from his “mutual family dialogue” as he eloquently put it with the people of Foni, one is convinced beyond doubt that we as a nation are blessed this time around with a President who respects democratic values. President Barrow believes in the principles of true democracy and he is willing to adhere to these principles.
The President told his Foni public that he is a President that listens to his advisers and hears everything. This should be a very welcoming news for all Gambians. A listening President is far more preferable than a President who talks too much but never listen or deliver on his promise. Here is a President who tells his people that “I listen to you and not only do I listen to you but I hear your concerns too because I have competent advisers around me.” These are qualities and attributes we never sure in our former self-anointed leader in the person of Yahya Jammeh.
President Adama Barrow is one of us and he is from us hence he speaks the language we understand and can identify ourselves with.
I hope the people of Foni and for that matter the rest of the Gambian people will realize the true nature of the President, and come to the final conclusion that President Adama Barrow is the President of the whole nation. His call for unity amongst Gambia’s diverse people is the testimony of our national anthem as he rightly pointed out. Nation building in the absence of national unity will be difficult and will take longer time than necessary. Unfortunately, we have among our midst those who will do everything humanely possible to derail our progress to development.
Such people will not stop even if that means (God forbids) we go into violent conflict with each other. The insults and slander we hear daily from certain quarters directed to our leaders are cl evidence of that strategy. They completely ignore anything good but instead divert attention from the call to hard work from President Adama Barrow. The personal insults that rain on President Barrow are meant for one thing and one thing only. The enemies think and hope they can break the psychie of President Adama Barrow which will never succeed. President Barrow is resolute, focused and getting stronger and stronger by the day because it is the Gambia and the Gambian people that concern him. To the President’s unconstructive detractors, ill fate individuals, die hard enemies and those who will go to the length of insults and foul language let them know we will not go as low. We come from decent homes, decent families and it is us who have Gambia and the Gambian masses at heart. Not you who rain insults, spread bad blood, fear and hate. We are in the silent majority.
Thank you very much and may God Bless you and our Nation.