EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Pastors Intercessory Fellowship in collaboration with National Security Services Wednesday hosted the 4th edition for national peace dialogue and stability held at the National Association of Cooperative Credit Union of The Gambia in Kanifing.
Organised on the Theme: Dialogue to promote national peace heritage, the gathering emphasises the important role of religious leaders and security agencies in promoting peace and stability and meaningful development. They are viewed as architects of peace in many countries.
The event brought together government officials, religious leaders, politicians and the security sector and created discussion on matters of peace building, unity, tolerance and stability in the country.
The gathering also provided participants the opportunity to discuss issues of national concern and seek resolutions to enhance peaceful co-existence and resolve disagreements and conflicts that could threaten peace and stability.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Bishop Dohn A. Barner said the gathering is geared towards promoting peace, stability and tolerance among Gambian people. He emphasised that everyone should take deliberate step to ensure that peace prevails and the message of unity is spread.
Lamin Banda, Deputy Commissioner of Police Attaché at the ministry of Interior explained that since the emerging of new dispensation, government has been committed provide and maintain peace and security in the country by instituting institutions that look in to human rights violation of the past regime.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, Imam Baba Leigh of Kanifing East observed that people need to be more responsible in maintaining peace by respecting one another, especially the security who, he said sacrifice so much to ensure that peace and order is maintained.
According to Imam Leigh, citizens need to avoid making hate speeches that could jeopardize peaceful co-existence in the country, saying peace should be everybody’s concern. He said any religious leader who do not advocate for peace does not deserve to be followed.
Since its inception 2003, the Pastors Intercessory Fellowship has been focusing on preaching for peace and unity and praying for the nation for the betterment of all.
Written by Amadou Kanteh