Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gambia: My own position surrounding the issuance of TV licences to Ahmadiyyas | Yaya Sillah


It is time for the Gambia to come together and unite against all forms of bigotry and religious intolerance because we are one Gambia one people.

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By Yaya Sillah | February 19, 2018

[W]hat would be my own position surrounding the issuance of TV licences to Ahmadiyya (Muslims) communities in the country whether to give it or not? Well, since the Gambia is a secular state, thus from my democratic prospective, I think it’s essential to entirely leave that matter to PURA which is the government organ responsible for issuance of licences to all media outlets in the country as long as they meet the criteria. In addition to that, they are willing to subscribe to all terms and conditions dictated by the media laws of the Gambia. In favour of peace and prosperity, I don’t think it would be helpful for us to let our emotions carry our faith by genuinely ignoring the rule of the law in this matter. Doing so,would mean that, we might be sleeping walking in to a deepest unknown territory. Besides that, so far from the main side of this argument I haven’t heard any compelling evidence which may carry such weight to entirely convince me to challenge the supreme law of the land.

In conclusion, rather than wasting our time in debating issues such as this without any substance, let us be noisier against Arab criminal gangs in Libya and North Africa who are enslaving our innocent African youths in their respective countries and elsewhere by ensuring that, we tackle the root of the syndrome which is forcing those youths from Africa to look for greener pastures. Religious intolerance and social segregation against minorities include such negative syndromes which are often fuelled by tribal hegemony and religious conflict orchestrated by silly elites sitting at the top of this game only to gain satisfaction for their ego at the expense of other peoples’ pain without any moral justification for it. Tribalism and religious intolerance are the main vehicles they use to create such mayhem in these societies. It is time for the Gambia to come together and unite against all forms of bigotry and religious intolerance because we are one Gambia one people.


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