By Omar Bah
The leader of the former ruling People’s Progressive Party has condemned the increase in hate ethnic remarks in the country.
“If we allow ethnic considerations and tribalism in the country, it will create conflicts which in turn will demolish our one gambia, one nation principle which can be regarded as the foundation of our democracy,” Papa Njie told supporters at a rally in Banyaka.
Mr Njie appealed to PPP supporters and all Gambians to desist from belittling or insulting one another’s ethnicity, language or race, arguing that all politicians should speak out against tribalism.
“As politicians we shall inculcate the spirit of one Gambia and one people to our followers. No tribe can solely make anyone president,” he added.
He said the PPP leadership is committed to removing tribalism, divisions, ethnicity and hatred from the country’s politics so as to build one united nation that all Gambians can be proud of.
“As Gambians we are one nation, one people and one country and we must eliminate any negative divisions that tend to impede our development as a people. Transformation of the country will not be realised if every single tribe in the country advanced their own interests based on very narrow considerations. Do not allow anyone to divide you based on tribal lines – reject those who politic based on tribes. Politics is about national development and not about tribe. We should try and build a Gambia where we will identify each other as Gambians and not based on tribes. That will only take us backward,” he noted.
Njie, who ascended to the leadership of the PPP after a controversial congress which split the party, said Gambians should carefully vet all the country’s politicians before they decide on who to elect as their next president.
“You have to vet the person you are electing.Ask yourselves what that person has done for the country or his/her region. Do not vote for someone who has not done anything for this country. A true politician is not the one who leads but someone who serves his/her people. Don’t exchange your votes for money because the money you collect from the politician will only address your problems in the short term,” he warned.