Former Secretary General and international speaker Momodou Sabally has advised young Gambians to avoid unnecessary agitation and focus on their education as well as the preservation of the peace and stability of the country.
He made these remarks last Saturday while addressing a gathering of youths in the coastal town of Gunjur during a youth development seminar organised by Victory Foundation in collaboration with the Gunjur Literary and Debating Society amongst other stakeholders.
He went on to posit that the “concept of responsibility is the missing link in the success chain of many a young Gambian. We are the get-it-on-the-cheap generation. The enjoy-without- working generation. But this kind of attitude defies the laws of nature woven into the very fabric of the universe.
“The law is that you must work before you get paid. You will only reap what you sow. And the Mouride order of the late Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba of Touba captures it very succinctly in pristine Wolof: ‘Jeuf Jeul’!”
He concluded by exhorting the youths to be vigilant protectors of the peace and tranquility of their communities while constructively engaging their leaders concerning any challenges they may be faced with.
He asserted: “We must eschew this business of abusing the rights we have as a result of our democratic dispensation while abdicating our responsibilities; with intent to incite chaos in our societies. I believe that it is your right to protest in a democracy but it is also your responsibility to preserve the peace and stability of your country as well as to recognise the rights of those who do not want to be involved in, or unduly affected by, protests and lawlessness!”
Sabally’s engagement in Gunjur comes fast on the heels of his recent keynote speech in Liberia, where he advised the young people of that country to “dream big” and strive to preserve the peace and stability of their country.