President Adama Barrow of the Gambia Thursday called for a national commitment to achieving a better nation bound by the shared values of democracy, liberty and equality.
“I encourage all citizens to seize the momentum to renew their commitment to making a difference in every sphere of life and engagement for the betterment of the nation,” President Barrow said in his Eid Al-Fitr message seen by this medium.
The Gambian leader’s address comes at a time when the country is transitioning from dictatorship to democracy and rule of law. As mounting challenges continue to lie ahead, the new regime has vowed to right the wrongs of the past in making sure “New Gambia” becomes a reality.
Barrow reminded Gambians about the “collective responsibility” everyone has to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people. He then added: “As believers in God, the Muslim and Christian communities alike cannot afford to fail to discharge this responsibility. We owe it to ourselves and our children to safeguard the future in the best interest of all.”
Weighing in on the just concluded donors’ conference held last month in Brussels, Barrow said the pledges are illustrative of the global desire to support Gambians to strengthen democracy, peace and stability, as well as to take ownership and leadership to develop and transform the country’s economy.
“The onus now rests on us to fulfil our obligations by rallying around the national flag and working together as a nation with a common agenda,” he insisted.
President Barrow went further to urge Gambians to be steadfast in championing democracy, human rights, peace, stability and social cohesion to sustain our development gains.
“Let us embrace and cherish unity as the main thrust of our strength, whether as public servants, civil society organisations, private sector operatives, or as other non-state actors.”
Written by Abdoulie JOHN