By Madi S Njie
Modou Turo Darboe, a Gambian business tycoon philanthropist, engaged in imports, exports and other business activities has said that the charities he offers to Muslims and other supports he is giving is a traditions he inherited from his parents, who advised him to maintain such gestures.
Mr Darboe’s remark was prompted by online media reports that he has ulterior motive in giving out charities and support to communities.
Contrary to such reports, Mr Darboe said he has no other motive than to do good for others, especially the needy as his religion teaches.
He said he was disappointed by the negative perception of some distant journalists, who he said instead of contacting him for verification, misrepresented his intention of helping people.
“The reason why I invite people from diverse background, including cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, religious leaders and civil society members is to encourage unity and peace in the country. I am inviting the media to play their role in promoting that spirit of peace and unity. I also wish to see others emulating such practices, so that there can be more of my kind of gesture, thereby encouraging the spirit of equal share of wealth.
My parents were businessmen, who always helped the needy, especially during Ramadan, and my father advised me to continue doing so,” said Mr Darboe during the last day of the Vision Development Foundation’s Ramadan gifts held at their office.
He said giving charity is a Sunnah in Islam that Muslims are obliged to observe, most especially during month of Ramadan.