By Fatoumatta K Jallow
In his address at the celebration marking International Peace Day organized by the National Federation of the Gambia UNESCO Clubs and Centres (NAFGUC) on Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, in Essau, North Bank Region (NBR), Bubacarr Sambou of the Peace Ambassadors-The Gambia, advised Gambians, particularly the young people, not to allow themselves to be divided by ethnicity, religion or gender but to see each other as brothers and sisters.
“As we head towards elections which are coming soon, I want to advise you all not to allow yourselves to be fooled by anyone to create divisions,” he said.
He advised them not to allow anyone to instigate them to engage in violence or to separate them. “Some would try to fool you, but try to be yourselves at all times,” Sambou added.
He said he is also calling on political party leaders to promote peace among the people. “We may seek power but let us not forget that The Gambia is bigger than us all. Therefore, we must not seek for it to the detriment of the people,” he said
He said they may have a lot of differences as human beings, but they equally have a lot of things in common. “Therefore, we should be more focused on our commonalities and work together in making the world a better place for human survival,” he said.
He cited Malala Yusufzai who said: “The so called world super powers are too strong to start a war, but are too weak to bring about peace.”
Mr. Sambou said the world today is witnessing too many wars and bloodshed. He described this as worrying. “It seems as if nothing can be done about it. But something can definitely be done about it. I call on the world leaders to join hands as one force to stop the current wars that are destroying lives and properties immediately because they can do it if they really want to,” he added.